Byline: Jessica Kerwin
NEW YORK — Some Oscar watchers found Bjork’s 3-D swan dress amusing. Others were confounded, and even slightly irritated, by her attire. But there’s one designer who couldn’t seem less phased by the pop star’s choice — Marijan Djodjov Pejoski, the man who created her frilly feathered number and claims to have slept through the event.
“I saw the photos in the newspaper and a bit on TV on Monday morning,” Pejoski said in a phone interview from his London studio. “It was my birthday, so that was a present.”
And while some designers, especially the young ones, might make themselves available to the worldwide press after such a coup, Pejoski, 33, took the day off instead.
“I’m usually not very interested in the Oscars,” he said. “It’s a bit stale and, to me, the people who are supposed to be the best-dressed look very old-fashioned.”
The designer’s kooky fall collection, his third since graduating from Central St. Martin’s two years ago, was inspired by carousels, ice skating costumes and, well, birds. It included not only a prototype of his now-famous downy creation — molded and stitched entirely by hand and made as a show piece, not for sales — but variations on the theme and a whole flock of birdie sweaters.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Bjork and Pejoski have teamed up to cause a stir. She also wore one of his splashy confections in pink to Cannes last year.
“There aren’t too many people who know what they want in their lives,” Pejoski mused. “They need to have a million and one assistants to tell them and show them and stitch them and make their personality. With Bjork, what you see is what you get. She is herself at every moment.”
While he hardly expects to dress anyone for next year’s ceremony, Pejoski does seem intrigued by the idea of shaking things up. “I didn’t expect the swan dress to shock people,” he said with a hint of glee. “I know it’s slightly different than a dress that someone else might wear, but if it shocked people, then they should be shocked. Maybe it’s the beginning of a new era.”