Hairstylist Owen Gould on his entrée into the Icelandic music icon’s world.
“As a kid, my older sister introduced me to Björk, and I grew up listening to her music and watching her videos.
So when I received an email from her stylist asking if I’d be interested in working with Björk for the opening night of her MoMA exhibition and her [Vulnicura] concert series at Carnegie Hall, it was totally surreal. I took a screenshot of the email and immediately called all my friends.
I couldn’t believe Björk even knew who I was — let alone that she offered me the opportunity to work with her.
Since she’s a fairly eccentric musical genius, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but she was warm and welcoming.
These performances were different than others:
she was playing with a full orchestra and had two costume changes, one of which included a headpiece.
Björk likes to wear her hair voluminous, so I had to come up with a way for the style to fit under her headpiece and be stage-ready in 15 minutes.
On the night of her last show, I invited my sister and her friend backstage to meet Björk. She doesn’t speak after she sings — she lets her voice rest — so there was a lot of miming hello before the champagne came out and we all had a sweaty dance party.
— as told to The Thick