Topic: Vogue Japan

Link Love: The Day We All Felt Short, Chubby

Link Love: The Day We All Felt Short, Chubby

Endless legs, huge teased hair, and the breasts, oh, the breasts, they point at the sky! It could only mean one thing: images from the Victoria’s Secret runway show. -Frockwriter

Speaking of which: Todd Thomas, VS designer, talks his first designer purchase, Aldens, and the gritty heroism of catwalker Karolina Kurkova. -The Cut

Not feeling inadequate enough? More VS runway show, this time by the numbers. -Fashionista

Angels making inroads: on the heels of Adriana Lima’s work for Givenchy and Miranda Kerr’s for Jil Sander, Giselle will be the face of Balenciaga! -Elle.com

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Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress and the Question of Authenticity

Lady Gaga's Meat Dress and the Question of Authenticity

Way back in 1999, I was living in Jerusalem and happened to go to an exhibit at the Israel Art Museum titled, “Skin Deep.” I went because I’d heard that Orlan would be there – the French performance artist who used plastic surgery as her medium. Also at that exhibit was a meat dress by Canadian artist Jana Sterbak. Walking around the dress, which weighed 60-lbs and hung on a mannequin, you were confronted with, for lack of a better phrase, the sheer grossness of it. But it wasn’t just the spectacle of a dress made of meat, it was the context.

First of all, it was part of an exhibit that offered artistic commentary on superficiality, vanity, shelter, and the things we turn to for comfort and security. At that point the meat dress was browning and fetid so even if you didn’t want to look at it, you couldn’t avoid the smell. It made me think about the clothes I put on my body, and the nourishment I put into it. Artist Jana Sterbak herself offers this food for thought:

“The work also addresses issues concerning women, fashion, consumption, and the body. The equation of women with meat and the notion that “you are what you wear” are common ideas in Western society.”

As you’ve probably seen, Lady Gaga has taken to sporting her own meat wardrobe lately, most notably on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan and at this week’s MTV Video Music Awards. More »