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Björk’s Style Evolution Is More Than Just Her Swan Dress

Her avant-garde dresses often pushed the fashion status quo.

Known for her experimental and eclectic sounds, Icelandic musician Björk is one of the most influential artists of all time, and her fashion sense is even more empowering. Over the decades, the Biophilia singer graced every event she attended in unconventional and avant-garde ensembles, often seen in sculptural silhouettes that pushed the status quo.

Ahead, see Björk’s style evolution on the red carpet and more.

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1994, MTV VMAs

The singer attended the 1994 VMAs wearing Bantu knots and a chartreuse embroidered ensemble layered on top of a white maxi dress.

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1996, MTV VMAs

In 1996, Björk went casual in a yellow jacket over a white graphic tee and black trousers with a blue mini bag.

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1997, U2 Pop Mart Tour

The alt-pop star wore a polka-dot jacket over a collared dress with dark denim jeans, a mini bag, and Japanese-inspired tabi sandals.

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2000, Dancer in the Dark Premiere

Wearing an ash-gray sculptural dress with a Koala-shaped clutch at the premiere of her film Dancer in the Dark.

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2000, Cannes Film Festival

Wearing a pink-and-black starry ensemble with floral details at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

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2000, Cannes Film Festival

At the Dancer In The Dark premiere during the Cannes Film Festival, the singer wore a voluminous pink tulle dress paired with teal kitten heels.

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2001, Golden Globes

Wearing a fur top with a black sequined skirt, paying homage to Michael Jackson. She paired it with pointed pink heels and an owl-shaped clutch at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards.

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2001, Oscars

Björk made fashion history with her “swan dress” by Marjan Pejoski to the 2001 Oscars, which was later on display in the MoMA.

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2002, Cremaster 3 Premiere

Wearing ruffled dress, burgundy boots, and her owl-shaped clutch with then-partner Matthew Barney.

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2003, Fashion Rocks

Covered in crystals and feathers at the 2003 Fashion Rocks event in London.

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2005, Venice Film Festival

The singer went for a pleated, peach-colored gown and red boots at the Drawing Restraint 9 premiere.

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2006, Drawing Restraint 9 Premiere

In 2006, she attended the film’s premiere at the MoMA in a silk robe with fuchsia tights and red pumps.

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2007, MOJO Honours List

Wearing a red dress with cobalt blue tights and metallic kitten heels to the 2007 MOJO Honours List.

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2010, AnOther Magazine Dinner

Wearing a color-blocked dress with sheer tights, metallic heels, and a floral headpiece.

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2012, Webby Awards

Wearing a sculptural gown with black tights and brown boots at the 2012 Webby Awards, topped with a blue and red wig.

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2017, Björk Talks: Sónar Music Festival

In recent years, we haven’t seen Björk on the red carpet but her style still remains whimsical, as seen at the 2017 Björk Talks: Sónar Music Festival.

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2021, Björk in Concert

The singer performed at a recent concert in an elaborate gown by Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi, paired with a mask by James Merry and jewelry from Aurum by Guðbjörg.

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