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Lady Gaga dons Jana Sterbak’s Flesh Dress

Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Image: highsnobiety.com

Well, ok not exactly.

But Lady Gaga definitely channels Montreal artist Jana Sterbak, who made a huge splash when her piece Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic (1987) was first displayed at the National Gallery of Canada.

The Vogue cover was shot – big surprise – by fashion provocateur Terry Richardson and styled by Nicola Formichetti.

According to THIS excerpt, Sterbak’s installation, originally shown on a hanger for emphasis, was aiming to “emphasize the contrast between vanity and bodily decay.”

It’s quite interesting to think of that idea in relation to Lady Gaga, no?

Jana Sterbak’s meat dress. Image: uni-kly.ac.at

6 Responses to “Lady Gaga dons Jana Sterbak’s Flesh Dress”

  1. Lonne Mowers says:

    Of course the Gaga/Sterbak connection could be coincidental, but perhaps Gaga’s collaborations with Terence Koh tipped her off about this significant Canadian art work.

  2. fuji says:

    Lady Gaga’s set pieces and outfits have always seemed to me to directly plunder artist Matthew Barney’s Cremaster series and also Vanessa Beecroft’s work. So I’m not surprised at this latest “borrowing” of the meat dress from fine art. It’s clever marketing, because the press and public are relatively unaware of art history so see these things as innovative. It seems that controversial artworks become acceptable to the mainstream after 20 to 30 years.

  3. moor says:

    Yana Sterbaks meat work hangs in the Louvre in Paris it is not an unknown piece of work by any stretch of the imagination I wish she was credited or at least mentioned.

  4. lauroar says:

    I think it’s great that Lady Gaga is bringing fine art concepts and practices into popular culture. Art is constantly changing and borrowing influences from everything and anyone so it’s not really surprising that the themes seen in Lady Gaga’s creations have stemmed from somewhere else…everyone else is doing it!

  5. Luc A Charette says:

    Canadian artist Jana Sterbak or Lady Gaga were not the first persons to tickle the world by wearing a dress made from raw meat. British artist Linder Sterling (currently showing her first retrospective exhibition at Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne) got there before them, performing in a dress made from discarded chicken meat for a concert in 1982.

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