The experimental singer brought a musical lightning machine, harp-playing pendulums and a 24-person Icelandic orchestra to Manchester for the launch of her Biophilia world tour this week. But when she appeared onstage, it was her stage-wear that drew the fashion worlds eyes.
London fashion week stand-out Van Der Ham created the two looks that take Bjork through the show: an asymmetrical blue velvet and brocade gown, and a shorter dress in patchworked gold lamé and lace.
The collaboration arose out of Bjorks admiration of Van Der Hams work. Bjork asked to keep one of Van Der Hams dresses after wearing it for a magazine photo shoot, then selected another of his designs for a London Fashion Week dinner.
When I heard that she was going to perform again, I offered to create special pieces tailored to her new album and project, Van Der Ham told us via email. Its such an honour shes wearing them.
Just as Bjork concerts are different from other concerts, the process of creating a dress for the singer diverged from Van Der Hams previous commissioning experience. For starters, there was the homework. I was sent amazing research about her new project explaining the new mood, feel and of course also visually what it should capture, Van Der Ham wrote.
Its a standout choice of designer in an adventurous fashion career. Speaking of swan dresses, what would longtime Bjork fan Van Der Ham choose as his favourite of the singers fashion moments? My dresses, of course...
Bjork performs Biophilia at the Manchester International festival on 10, 13 and 16 JulyMore