Singer has invented 'carnivore couture'
Published 14/09/2010 | 05:00
THE fashion world has a new category, carnivore couture with Lady Gaga as "enfant terrible'' designer.
In 2009, she arrived covered in blood but this year, Gaga took the abbatoir theme to the limit with a carcass outfit of meat joints that sparked hue and cry about her juicy get-up.
Gaga -- who desperately wants to study hat-making with Irish milliner Philip Treacy in London -- didn't stop with the raw 'edible' frock. She accessorised her performance-art dress with meat boots and matching hat.
Gaga designs all her own stage outfits and the MTV Music Video Awards outfit was a similar vein to the bikini of sliced meats that she wore for a recent cover of 'Vogue Hommes' Japan (inset), only more shocking.
If she won Video of the Year for 'Bad Romance', Gaga is certainly not in line for original shockable fashions.
Indeed, her meat dress had strong resonances with the 1987 sculpture by Canadian artist Jana Sterbak which featured 50 pounds of raw flank steak, stitched together into a slowly rotting garment. Sterbak's 'Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorexic' is now in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris's modern art museum.
Jean Paul Gaultier, the wild boy of the couture world looked not to meat but to humble bread and once made a collection of dresses, shoes and mannequins from croissants, baguettes and biscuits for a 2004 Paris exhibition.