Valentino Couture Brings Back Bjork's Swan Dress

It's about time someone took another crack at the iconic and all-important 'swan dress,' originally donned by Icelandic singer Bjork at the 2001 Academy Awards. We just weren't expecting it to be Valentino.
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It's about time someone took another crack at the iconic and all-important 'swan dress,' originally donned by Icelandic singer Bjork at the 2001 Academy Awards. We just weren't expecting it to be Valentino.
Photos: IMAXtree, Getty

Photos: IMAXtree, Getty

It's about time someone took another crack at the iconic and all-important "swan dress," originally donned by Icelandic singer Bjork at the 2001 Academy Awards. We just weren't expecting it to be Valentino.

The piece in question made its winged debut Wednesday as part of the Italian house's Spring 2014 couture collection, much of which was heavily inspired by the natural world. While certainly a subtle incarnation of Bjork's Marjan Pejoski creation, Valentino's frothy frock was, without a doubt, purely of the Cygnus variety. A reverse shot of the dress (above, center) reveals a bird's head caressing the nape of the model's neck in a way that only faux fashion animals can. Also, nipples.

But the exposed areolae weren't the only thing differentiating Valentino's downy dress from Pejoski's: The former appears to depict a Trumpeter, while the latter is most certainly a Mute Swan. GOSH.

Perhaps Kate Middleton should pick up Valentino's version -- we hear Prince William may have developed a new taste for swans...