NY Butchers Unimpressed With Lady Gaga Meat Dress
So, after much speculation on Monday, the news is now official: The meat ensemble Lady Gaga wore as she accepted a near-record eight MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night was made of actually meat. That’s a fact that doesn’t earn the outre “PokerFace” singer any points with butchers in her hometown of New York City, who say Gaga could have at least invested in some expensive cuts if she insisted on being seen in public looking like an uncooked slice of salisbury steak.
The gory gown was created by Los Angeles-based designer Franc Fernandez. Fernandez — who has worked with Gaga in the past — says it took him two days to stitch the dress out of flank steak – what they call “matambre” in his native Argentina.
“The meat was from my family butcher.”
After Gaga turned heads at the 2010 VMAs with her raw meat outfit, The New York Daily News asked a few local butchers to identify cuts of beef on her dress.
Here’s what they had to say.
“It’s all beef,” Peter Cacioppo, 50, of Yonkers, Head Butcher at Ottomanelli Brothers on the Upper East Side replied as a matter of fact. “Her bodice looks like the outside of the rib. Over the shoulder looks like it does come from the shoulder.”
Cacioppo, a butcher for 35 years, wasn’t impressed with Gaga’s carnivore couture, which she paired with a hat, shoes and bag made of raw meat.
“There are no expensive cuts here, no real steaks. The best you’ve got is the flank steak on top of her head,” he added. “It ain’t refrigerated. It’s probably stinking bad. She’s in the lights: It’s cooking.”
Peter’s nephew, Mark, also works at the deli. He says it’s likely that about 100 smacks worth of meat went into the making of Gaga’s frock.
“It’s the cheaper end cuts – not including her. You got about $100 of meat there.”
While her dress may have looked fresh on one of music’s biggest nights, Gaga’s famed dress may as well have been a dog’s breakfast the next day.
Here’s what was left of it by Monday morning…
It’s always a good idea to put your frock in the fridge at the end of the night, no matter how trashed you get. Nobody wants to look at that on a hangover!
Gaga’s antics helped Sunday’s telecast draw an estimated 11.4 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. The best showing for the Video Music Awards since 2002.