Battle of the Swans: Leonardo DiCaprio Vs. Björk

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson: Could Annie Leibovtiz have inspired Bjork's famous swan dress?
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New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson: Could Annie Leibovtiz have inspired Bjork's famous swan dress?

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week.

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In 2001, Icelandic artist Björk wore what has now become one of the most infamous red carpet dresses. Designed by Macedonian Marjan Pejoski, the frock referred to as the "swan dress," was meant to symbolize fertility, a notion further reinforced by Björk as she left a trail of eggs down the red carpet.

While most viewed the dress as outlandish, perhaps it was not so unfamiliar to our eyes. A few years earlier in 1997, Annie Leibovtiz photographed then-budding actor Leonardo DiCaprio seemingly cuddling a swan that has looped its neck around that of the handsome film star for Vanity Fair.

Marjan Pejoski dress on Björk, 2001

Marjan Pejoski dress on Björk, 2001

Leo Dicaprio by Annie Leibovitz, 1997

Leo Dicaprio by Annie Leibovitz, 1997