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Lady Gaga Wears a Meat Dress (2010)
Lady Gaga in her meat dress at the 2010 Video Music Awards Kevin Mazur/WireImage22/32

22. Lady Gaga Wears a Meat Dress (2010)

Encased in over 40 pounds of thin-cut Argentinian beef, Lady Gaga cut a figure even more impressive than her dominant 13 nominations at the 2010 Video Music Awards. "If we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones," she later told Ellen DeGeneres regarding the symbolism of the gown. "And I am not a piece of meat." Complete with beef-wrapped heels, hat, and purse, the outfit was assembled by L.A. designer Franc Fernandez with cuts from his family butcher, and reportedly had a sweet smell. Just before accepting the Video of the Year award for "Bad Romance," she quipped, "I never thought I'd be asking Cher to hold my meat purse." After a jerky-style preservation job, the dress was displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.