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Björk: I want wild costumes

Björk lets her inner shaman out when she performs on stage in crazy costumes.

The Icelandic star is known for her over the top outfits and has previously worn everything from a dress which looked like a dead swan to a giant headpiece made of colourful, fury pompoms.

She's about to embark on a series of European festivals, including Wilderness and Colours of Ostrava, and can't wait to get wild with her costumes.

"I like theatrical outfits. I think that hasn't escaped anyone! And if there's a time to get theatrical, it's at a festival," she smiled to Time Out London.

As well as wowing on stage with her outfits, Björk's clothes and music are also currently the subject of a exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Talking about her festival wardrobe choices, the 49-year-old admits she likes to unleash her inner shaman.

"Everybody knows it’s not about us; it’s about this other, shamanic, kind of liberating character that sleeps somewhere inside us that is dying to get out. And if there ever is a time and a place to air it, it’s a festival," she explained.

One of the outfits on display at MoMA was designed by Iris van Herpen for Björk's Black Lake video. The ten-minute film was commissioned especially for the exhibition.

"It was really special," Iris recently told "Sometimes I make a dress for her that is based on a design that I already did, but this was more customised, where she really explained to me the concept of the song and the video and the artwork that she wanted to make for MoMA.

"It was really from scratch, from the beginning on, and [the pieces were in both] materials and techniques I never did before. It was really for her and the concept of the song.”

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