Bjork is an original. Bit nuts, naturally (aren’t all the best creatives?), but you can’t deny that she is really quite brilliant. Michael van der Ham is also an original. The designer’s collage creations are a bit nuts too, but equally brilliant. So it should come as no surprise that the Icelandic singer and Dutch designer have teamed up for her tour wardrobe. A patchwork match made in heaven? Or northern Europe anyhow.
With Side Show Bob hair and a painted face, Bjork took to the stage in Manchester earlier this week, to perform tracks from her forthcoming album, Biophilia, in a blue full-length MvdH extravaganza, and a clever mini melody of gold panelling. ‘I’ve always been a massive fan of hers,’ Michael told Grazia Daily. ‘I’ve met her a couple of times, but she came to the showroom when I was in New York and bought a lot of pieces. I wanted to create something special for her, so she sent me the theme of her album and I made her some suitable outfits for her performances.’ As a thank you, Bjork sent him her entire back catalogue of work (most of which, as a super-fan, he already had), and he is watching her perform in London this weekend. This month Bjork has also guest edited Dazed and Confused magazine, and in a world of far too many pop princesses, is a thankful return to some style experimentation. Welcome back, Bjork.
pics by Carsten Windhorst from The Guardian