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Bjork’s custom holographic Gucci gown took 870 hours to make

Did you really expect less from Bjork though?

Words by Gabriela Herstik

From the editors of HelloGiggles

If there’s one celebrity who is probably an alien, it’s Bjork. The Icelandic goddess might hail from a distant galaxy where music sounds like holographic icicles melting in slow motion, and where clothing is only made in opalescent plastics by faeries. Bjork is pretty much from the universe that Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, imagined for her. That’s because Gucci created a custom holographic dress for Bjork to wear during her music video for “The Gate,” the title track off her latest album.

Part angelic, part ethereal, this luminous gown is even more incredible when you learn it took 870 hours to make.

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)

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The dress is done in pleated, iridescent PVC and lurex organza, giving it both depth and dimension with a lustrous, cosmic finish. The gown took 550 hours to construct, and an additional 320 hours just for embroidery.

Using over 28 meters of fabric, it’s safe to say creating this dress was no small feat. Thankfully, if there’s anyone to rival Bjork’s interstellar vision, it’s Alessandro, who also collaborated as creative director for the music video.

It’s in the music video for The Gate that we get to see the magic of this dress in action.

With its asymmetrical, star-like hem, butterfly-like bib, and holographic glow, we can say this dress is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Not even the Met Gala has offered us as much alien goth inspiration as this gown.

Are we actually sure Bjork’s not an alien? Because she looks right at home in this ensemble.

Next time we need a cosmic pick-me-up, we’ll be watching this video. Nothing soothes quite like Bjork in Gucci, floating in another dimension.

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