Lady Gaga has had several bold, fashion industry rippling moments. Among her top: the meat dress she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga’s meat dress was one of the most talked about fashion statements of 2010. Time even named it that year as the top fashion statement. And really, what’s an artist without their statements?
Recently, MTV journalists tracked down the famous meat dress out of pure curiosity. We couldn’t help but be intrigued. Where is it? Is it in some meat locker somewhere?
After the Awards Show
Designer Franc Fernandez speculated, in an interview after the Awards show, that the dress would be put into The Gaga Archives in Hollywood, CA. Lady Gaga is known to store most all her fashion pieces on mannequins with pictures of them. The archives are said to be too large for any one person to maintain.
But the archives were not to be the fate of the 40 pounds of thin-cut Argentinian beef. Shortly after the show the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contacted Lady Gaga regarding the future for the dress. There was an exchange of $6,000 and the museum could get their hands on the dress to display only. However, Lady Gaga stills owns the dress.
Preserving the Dress
The dress was still raw meat when the museum acquired it. Jun Francisco from the museum explained to MTV that there was a brainstorming session on ideas to preserve the dress. They settled on preserving it like beef jerky. This means the dress, like beef jerky, will have a shelf-life.
Fernandez said, “It won’t last, that’s the beauty of it. When it is brought out again, hopefully it will be in a retrospective, and it will be a different dress, which is the best thing. I like the idea of it changing and evolving into something else.”
The dress has already evolved since Lady Gaga’s appearances in it. The preservation tactics, which included painting the dress “meat color,” has altered the dress’ appearance.
The Dress on Display
After the Awards show the dress was basically taxidermied and shipped to the museum. It then went on display in the “Women Who Rock” exhibition – an exhibition that traveled around the country. The dress got all the attention as an actual rock star. It was transported in a climate-controlled truck. A crate was made specially for it, and the case itself was temperature controlled as well. Francisco explained to MTV that: “It’s not so much temperature as it is humidity. We have monitors inside that tell us the condition of the case and, yeah, the dress has held up pretty well.”
When he says “held up pretty well” he means that if you touch it, it’s very hard. Just like jerky if not harder than most.
Although the museum was given the entire outfit for display, which includes the hat, purse, and the shoes, they chose not to display the hat and purse. The dress was displayed like in the picture below, with only boots and dress.
The Future of the Dress
Currently, the meat dress is no longer on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the museum’s public relations officer said they did not have current plans to bring it back on display, and was uncertain if they would again in the future. Will the dress be put on display again? That is uncertain, and depends on the dress itself. As no one has ever attempted to preserve a meat dress in the past. There is a bit of eagerness from those involved to see how long, and how well the meat dress will hold up and what will become of it.
So now, what we picture, is Lady Gaga’s meat dress, in its own temperature controlled crate, on a dolly being ushered into a warehouse full of similar looking crates… like at the end of Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark… and you are unsure if it will get lost into the abyss of Gaga fashion forever.
Well, we certainly hope not.