Each year my adult daughter asks me to make her a unique Halloween costume. This year she is Bjork the pop singer from Iceland who wore her famous swan dress at the 2001 Oscar awards.
I made a basic white strapless party dress for the basic form. I then randomly attached yards and yards of white ruffled chiffon fabric to the bias skirt and bodice. I also sewed white feathers in between the ruffles. The chiffon was cut into strips that I ruffled as I sewed it on. I lined the skirt with stiffer fabric and then attached white netting to make the dress poof out.
The swan neck and head was sketched on newspaper and traced on to felt. The head is gold and the neck is white. The neck is a long tube with a coat hanger in it that I stuffed with batting. The head has batting in it also. The swan head and neck were sewn on to one side of the top of the bodice and then wrapped around my daughter’s neck and then attached at the opposite side.
The black wig was a packaged page boy wig from the thrift store.
I really wanted to replicate Bjork's famous Oscar dress because I love how irreverent and unique it is. I think this Bjork Costume came out well! I made it Halloween night, just hours before I planned to go out so it is a little unfinished in spots but I like what it added to the overall effect.
The main part of the dress is from the fabric of an old wedding dress that I found and I made the swan head from an orange oven mitt. The neck is filled with newspaper. The blouse part is also homemade using sheer glittery tulle. The dress was just barely held together when I put it on and some parts of it had to be pinned to me! I went out dancing that night and since I had made it in such a hurry, it pretty much fell apart by the time the night was over.
Everyone loved it though and a lot of people took photos of me!
I recreated this memorable outfit worn by singer Bjork by purchasing a leotard with built in tu-tu from a dance supply store as well as lots of white feather boas and a stuffed swan doll. The boas were simply sewn onto the tu-tu and the swan gutted and sewn into place. It was actually kind of expensive and took several hours to sew, as I am not a seamstress, but it was so worth it.
People were screaming "Bjork! Bjork!" all night, and everyone was shocked to learn it wasn't store bought (guess I did a good job). Note: it's also incredibly fun to dance in a suit of feathers.
I used lace tulle and made my bodice out of white cloth and sewed on strips of the tulle with sewing machine and by hand. The upper part of the dress was also tulle but it was sown on until it was flat.
The swan head was made from the white fabric cloth and I sewed on the beak using orange and black felt and a button for the eye. It sounds easy, but it took me a good 2 weeks to finish.
I loved the results of the Homemade Bjork Costume though.
I made this homemade Bjork costume from a white ruffled skirt that I attached white feather boas to. The "neck" is made from opaque white tights stuffed with white grocery bags. I hand glued rhinestones to a nude colored body suit.