Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lady Gaga and the Meat Dress

Lady Gaga, a former Tisch student at NYU, seems to have dipped into fashion and performance art history yet again. He recent appearance on the MTV music awards wearing a dress made of flank steak, and designed by Franc Fernandez drew much attention. However, in none of the coverage did I see a reference to the work of Jana Sterbak, performance artist who created a flank or 'skirt' steak dress in 1987 entitled: Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic.

Lady Gaga in her meat dress at the 2010 MTV Music Awards.

Jana Sterbak, wearing her meat dress (above) and an image of the piece (below), 1987.

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