Lady Gaga Meat Dress The Latest In A Long Line Of Fleshy Fashion Getups
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.