OWEN GOULD

OWEN GOULD

BJÖRK!

Hairstylist Owen Gould on his entrée into the Icelandic music icon’s world.

Björk onstage at Carnegie Hall for the first performance of her Vulnicura tour, photograph by Kevin Mazur, hair by Owen Gould

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.

The headpiece worn by Björk during her Vulnicura tour performances, photograph courtesy of Owen Gould

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

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Björk performing in her headpiece at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, photograph by Robert Altman, hair by Owen Gould