They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and while Madonna might be slightly hesitant to nod her head ‘yes’ at this moment in time, her mini-wanna be – who just walked away with eight MTV Video Music Awards — continues to wear head-turning fashion statements that make everyone say, “What the?!?”
Sure, Lady Gaga’s much discussed 40 pound meat dress — worn to great effect during Sunday night’s award ceremony — may seem like one of the kookiest getups on record (even butchers have chimed in, criticizing designer Franc Fernandez’ choice of using “cheaper end cuts” amounting to no more than $100), but she’s hardly the first artist to wear some type of flesh for fantasy.
As far back as 1966, a presumably not-yet vegetarian Paul McCartney – along with his Beatles cohorts – posed as butchers for a limited edition Yesterday and Today album shot surrounded by decapitated baby dolls and butcher cuts to send home their anti-war message.
A few decades later, a 1983 compilation album called All Wrapped Up (from Irish punk band the Undertones), featured a model sporting a flesh frock adhered to her body with a couple of layers of plastic wrap.
So, yes, while Gaga’s dress was reportedly ‘locally sourced‘, that’s about all it had going for it in the originality department.