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Performative Processes: Björk’s Creative Collaborations with the World of Fashion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology and Performance Studies.
2011 (English)In: Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, ISSN 1362-704X, Vol. 15, no 4, 425-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes how Icelandic singer-songwriter and actress Björk uses dress as a creative medium to enhance her musical vision, visualize her patriotic politics as well as ally herself with performance art and further strengthen her position in the avant-garde. I devote specific attention to her joining forces with British designer Alexander McQueen and British photographer Nick Knight and unpack the implications of this creative collaboration, arguing that Björk strategically uses McQueen’s and Knight’s understanding of fashion as a performative process, that is, constantly in a state of becoming and transformation, in order to create her unique style that is characterized by the shifting and unstable identity of the Icelandic geographical body. In the last part of the essay, I take Björk’s involvement with SHOWstudio as a starting point to reflect on some of the consequences when these visual and performative collaborations move into the realm of the digital.

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2011. Vol. 15, no 4, 425-450 p.
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Björk, Alexander McQueen, Nick Knight, fashion and performance art, collaboration
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Performing Art Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52335DOI: 10.2752/175174111X13115179149839ISI: 000298130300003OAI: diva2:387116
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2012-10-31Bibliographically approved

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