Lady Gaga’s meat dress to be shown in DC museum
WASHINGTON — Lady Gaga’s famous meat dress has made its way to the nation’s capital, along with Loretta Lynn’s song about “The Pill” and other relics from music history.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is opening a national tour for an exhibit about pioneering women in rock ‘n’ roll, tracing the evolution of women artists and their impact on music. It opens Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger told The Associated Press the exhibit, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” is inherently political, in part, as it highlights many “first ladies of rock” who have spoken loud and clear on women’s rights, gay rights and other issues through their music.
More than 250 artifacts represent 70 women who were “engines of change and creativity,” she said, each helping to redefine who could make rock ‘n’ roll. It features items from Cher, the B-52s, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna’s provocative outfit from her “Blonde Ambition” tour. Other items date back to jazz singer Billie Holiday, first blues recording artists Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and country music trailblazer Mother Maybelle Carter.
Gaga’s dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards — now dried, preserved and painted to restore its original raw meat color — is being shown in its political context.
When Gaga wore the dress, she was accompanied by U.S. soldiers impacted by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to protest the ban on gays serving openly in the military. She explained that if people don’t stand up for their rights, “pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.”