September 6, 2012

Lady Gaga's meat dress to be shown in DC museum

One of the rawest examples of recent haute couture is going on display tomorrow for D.C. fashion aficionados to gawk at. The meat dress that Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 Video Music Awards will be unveiled as part of the "Women Who Rock" exhibit opening Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Associated Press reports the the beefy gown was a late addition to the exhibit, which already includes another piece of Gaga memorabilia, Stephanie Germanotta's childhood piano.

Lady Gaga wore the meat dress to protest the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that forbade openly gay individuals from serving in the Armed Forces. The garment, if one can call it that, was stitched together from hunks of raw flank steak by the Argentine designer Franc Fernandez.

After the VMA show, the dress was aged into jerky and painted to restore its original bloody hue. It took a Burbank, Calif. taxidermist more than a month to preserve the gown, which began decomposing when Lady Gaga donned it.

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The dress will be added to the National Museum of Women in the Arts alongside artifacts from the careers of early female stars like Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday, girl groups like The Ronettes, punk icons including Patti Smith, pop megastars such as Madonna and Janet Jackson and contemporary rockers like Meg White and Bikini Kill.

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