Björk’s Swan Dress Part of Met Museum’s Camp Exhibition

The famous “swan dress” that Björk wore to the 2001 Academy Awards is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition, which will open on Thursday, following the New York institution’s annual Met Gala, often referred to as “the Oscars of Fashion.” RÚV reports that the famous frock will be exhibited alongside such iconic garments as the oyster dress that rapper Cardi B wore to the Grammy’s this year, Burberry’s rainbow cloak, and Balenciaga’s platform take on the Crocs clog, among others.

Björk wore the swan dress to the 2001 Academy Awards. That year, her song “I’ve Seen It All” from Lars von Trier’s film “Dancer in the Dark” was nominated for Best Original Song. Björk, who starred in the film, co-wrote the song with Icelandic author Sjón and recorded it with Radiohead singer Thom Yorke.

The swan dress was created by Macedonian fashion designer Marjan Pejoski. At the time, it was widely mocked. Journalist Jay Carr of The Boston Globe memorably remarked, for instance, that the “wraparound swan frock…made her look like a refugee from the more dog-eared precincts of provincial ballet.” It’s stood the test of time, however: Valentino debuted its own version of the dress as part of its Spring 2014 couture collection.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala and the related exhibit takes its inspiration from Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp.” The exhibition will be open to the public from May 9 to September 8 in New York City.

 

‘Woman at War’ Goes to the Oscars

The film ‘Woman at War’ (Kona fer í stríð) will be Iceland’s 2019 Oscar submission, RÚV reports. The film, which was directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, was selected by members of the Icelandic Film and Television Academy (ÍKSA) in an online election that ended on Wednesday. ÍKSA members chose from nine Icelandic films that met the submission requirements of the United States’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Per the description on the Toronto International Film Festival website the movie centers around Halla, “a committed undercover eco-terrorist trying to save Iceland’s natural landscapes from industrialist destruction” whose plans are complicated “…when a long-desired child becomes available for adoption.”

Film producer and president of ÍKSA Hlin Jóhannesdóttir says that this year’s election saw a record participation among voting members and also that there have seldom been as many Icelandic films competing for the honor of being Iceland’s nominee for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Film prize.

‘Woman at War’ will now be submitted to the Oscar selection committee, which will choose five international films to compete for the award, the winner of which will be announced during the Oscar ceremony on January 22, 2019. The film has also been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize, the European Parliament’s LUX prize, and the European Film Award.

You can watch a trailer for the film (with English subtitles) here.