The Icelandic designer behind Björk's optical fibre dress

The dress is powered by electricity.

The dress is powered by electricity. Photo/ Santiago Felipe

Icelandic designer Hildur Yeoman created the incredible lit-up dress which she wore at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday night. 

"Björk contacted me in the late summer and asked me to collaborate with her. I designed a few pieces for her which was a great honour," says Yeoman. "I also worked with her assistant James Merry who creates her wonderful masks."

On the creation of the light dress Yeoman explains that it was originally created for Icelandic dance piece Og himininn kristallast (Crystal skies) by the Icelandic Dance Company and choreographer Sigga Soffía. "It's inspired by marine life, it's made out of optical fibres and powered by electricity and it literally lights up the scene. The concert was magnificent, the most amazing concert I've ever been to. I've never seen an audience respond like that. She deserves all the praise in the world for her beautiful performance."

Yeoman has never been afraid to explore new methods in her design work. She seeks inspiration from powerful experiences where perception, symbols, characteristics, music, visual arts and atmosphere play important roles and are interwoven to create new worlds.

Her collections, available at Kiosk in downtown Reykjavik draw inspiration from Icelandic herbal medicine, witchcraft, female energy with touches of goth and rock and roll.

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Designer Hildur Yeoman with her son, Högni.

Designer Hildur Yeoman with her son, Högni. Iceland Monitor/ Freyja Gylfa

Yeoman's dress is inspired by marine life.

Yeoman's dress is inspired by marine life. Photo/ AFP


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