Step 1: Supplies
One-piece (crotchless) your-flesh-tone nylon bodysuit (a separate long-sleeved nylon shirt and nylon pantyhose would work too)
Hot-Fix Rhinestones/Swarovski Crystals/Bling
Rhinestone HotFix Wand
Mannequin (or cardboard cut-outs shaped like your limbs and torso!)
Pair of open-toe white high-heels with ankle strap
White Pleather or Leather
Needle and Thimble
Non-fray Nylon-Chiffon Fabric (You will need a lot. I bought about 26 yards from Dreamspun)
LOTS of pins
White 6-7 inch Marabou Feathers
Fluffy and/or Furry White Fabric
Black and Orange Fabric
Black Doll Eyes
White Sturdy Fabric
Black wig with long bangs
Flesh-tone Lace Bra
Contact Lenses (Hazel)
Large Plastic Egg
White Short Petti-skirt
Step 2: Body Suit
If you don't have a mannequin (and I'm guessing most people don't. I myself just purchased one a few months ago!) you can trace and cut out over-sized cardboard shapes of your arms, torso and legs. Repeat the above stone-fixing process as above, but one body-part-section at a time.
Step 3: Shoes
Get comfortable (cheap) white heels with (at least) an ankle strap and open toe. Remove an unnessceray straps and bling. Take your white leather/pleather and cut out 12 strips about .75cm wide and 2 strips that have an initial wider 'triangle base' (these will be your t-straps). Space 6 of the strips about .75cm apart from one another, and sew a t-strap down the middle of them. Repeat this with the remaining pieces.
Sand the underside of the wide-end of the t-strap, your straps, and the edges of your shoe. Apply some seal cement to the center edge of the shoe, and some to the back of the t-strap. Position the wide-end of a t-strap at the end of your shoe and press down. Hold the t-strap in place with pins. Repeat the gluing process for all of the straps.
After the glue has dried and you remove the pins, sew through the straps and shoe edge, just for extra strength.
Step 4: Dress - Pettiskirt
Once your pettiskirt is completed, begin the long, boring, soul-sucking process of hand-pleating-and-pinning 3" wide super-long strips to the outer layer of your skirt. You will be doing 14 of these on the entire skirt, all of them slightly overlapping.
Sure, you can use a ruffler-foot on your sewing machine instead of pleating and pinning them in place by hand. And sure, you can do wider strips, and fewer of them, and space them further apart. BUT. It will not be as fluffeh.
Step 5: Dress - Swan Body
Cut out two 'U' shapes from your white fluffy fabric, two small orange triangles, and two black eye-blobby shapes. Sew a 'blobby' shapes onto the end of one of the U pieces, then an orange piece. Repeat. Cut a small hole through the blobby-shape and white fluffy fabric and insert a doll eye (repeat). Sew the altered U-pieces together (with right-sides facing each other and leaving the edge without the orange/black part open). Turn inside out. Stuff with fiber fill. Sew to feathered triangle piece. Add more feathers and chiffon to 'blend' the pieces together.
Sew your body to the super fluffy pettiskirt!
Step 6: Wig and Contacts
I need to wear (contact) lenses to see, so I decided to get some special contact lenses; I bought some green circle lenses for this costume to get more of a doll-ish appearance, since Björk is so petite! And, well, I'm 6'2 when I'm in the heels for this costume. For more information about contact lenses, please visit my other Instructables.
Step 7: Tattoo
Step 8: Put It Together! *bonus* Egg Purse!
Feel free to make your own egg purse too! Björk had one (and 'laid' several other large eggs). The easiest way to do this is to buy a large novelty over-sized plastic Easter egg and spray-paint it white.
You have seen it all. So now go..and make a Björk-Swan Costume.