Björk’s Surreal New Video Features an Extravagant Gucci Dress That Took 870 Hours to Make
Two years ago, Björk chronicled the demise of her marriage to artist Matthew Barney with the devastating, groundbreaking album Vulnicura. While the record was a smaller one than her previous—in that it turned inwards, excavating her own feelings about the breakup, rather than casting outwards to politics and the environment and even the galaxies—it was accompanied by a fittingly ambitious video project, a traveling virtual-reality exhibition that touched down in Houston, in Montreal, in her native Iceland, and elsewhere.
Creating @bjork’s custom #Gucci gown for her new single #TheGate. The design by #AlessandroMichele took approximately 550 hours to make, and an additional 320 hours for the embroidery. The dress’s fabrics include 5 meters of pleated iridescent PVC plastic material, 3 meters of PVC iridescent strips and 20 meters of pleated lurex organza. #AlessandroMichele also collaborated as the film’s creative director, to be shown on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm at The Store Studios in London, free public admission. From Monday 5am BST @nowness will screen #björk’s video online for 48 hours. Video director: @romana_meggiolaro Music by Karlheinz Stockhausen: Excerpt from SIRIUS Electronic music and trumpet, soprano, bass clarinet, bass (CD 26 of the Stockhausen Complete Edition, www.stockhausenCDs.com) © Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Germany (www.karlheinzstockhausen.org)