Lady Gaga reflects on why she chose to wear the infamous ‘meat dress’ for 2010 MTV VMAs
In 2010, Lady Gaga, who was known for her shocking fashion transformations and daring choices at the time, showed up at the MTV VMAs in an ensemble known to fans as the meat dress. Now, while chatting with British Vogue, the Grammy-winning singer looked back on her infamous look and shared behind-the-scenes details of her outfit, which is still talked about today.
She said: "It's actually Val Garland's idea. Val Garland--the makeup artist. Her and I worked together for a long time and she shared a story with me where she had gone to a party wearing sausages and I thought this was quite funny and I said, ‘Well that's a great way to make sure that everybody leaves you alone at a party.'"
When asked why she wore the infamous dress, the singer expressed her desire to make a political statement on the red carpet. "We decided to do the meat dress because I thought to myself if we were willing to die for your country, what does it matter how you identify. This was ultimately designed by Franc Fernandez, but it was the brainchild of House of Gaga and we were backstage with Brandon Maxwell who was working as one of my stylists at the time. He was vegan also and still helping to sew all of these last bits of meat to me and making my meat hat and my meat purse, which was held by Cher. It smelled like meat," she shared. After more than a decade, the Shallows singer remarked that the dress to date remains "thrilling to wear."