When Lady Gaga wore her infamous "meat dress" to the VMAs last year, she was making a political statement that went right over most of our heads. Gaga explained then and again recently while promoting Born This Way:
Equality is the prime rib of America, but because I am gay, I don't get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer. Shouldn't everyone deserve to wear the same meat dress I do?
Even though it definitely creeped me out, I appreciate that there was some rhyme and reason to the sirloin frock. But now, Nancy Wu, a student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California has taken a cue from Gaga to create a designer-inspired accessory out of meat. Specifically, she refashioned a Chanel 2.55 bag in hand-stitched sheets of beef jerky. Uh, but why?
The only explanation she gives is that it's a "highly desirable, lo-fi" accessory. Mmm'k, suuure, we TOTALLY get what she means, right?
Although it sure is innovative -- I'll give Wu that. Maybe she really is being sarcastic and actually trying to make a statement on designers' use of leather? That could be it, because she also made a beef jerky Louis Vouitton wallet, on which the fashion house's floral motif is spray-painted (is that edible, too?). Also, not sure how the high-end designers will take to seeing their creations retooled in meat. Hopefully they won't sue Wu!
As for me, I'm not buyin' into beef-based accessories. I have a personal policy against silly knock-offs to begin with -- let alone one made out of next weekend's BBQ dinner.
Does this gross you out too?
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