Lady Gaga's Famous VMAs Meat Dress Is Now Beef Jerky

Five years later, the meat dress lives on.

After Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, it’s safe to say that at least one of Miley Cyrus’ barely there costumes will end up in the unofficial VMAs hall of fame. But as shocking as Miley’s looks were, they still don’t compare to Lady Gaga‘s famous meat dress at the 2010 ceremony. MTV must have been feeling nostalgic, because they tracked down the dress’s current whereabouts — and turns out it’s had a surprisingly long life, considering it’s perishable and all.

Lady Gaga Meat Dress

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According to, the meat dress is still owned by Lady Gaga but is now part of the “Women Who Rock” exhibition in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has been traveling around the country. Jun Francisco, the Director of Collections, explains that because of its unique materials, the dress had to be preserved like beef jerky (seriously), and transported in a climate-controlled truck. The meat is apparently “very hard” to the touch, and is displayed alongside Gaga’s matching meat shoes.

The Franc Fernandez-designed dress was one of three looks Lady Gaga wore at the 2010 VMAs, where she famously said “I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse” as she accepted an award from the music legend. Gaga later told Ellen DeGeneres that the dress was not meant to offend vegans and vegetarians, but that it had “many interpretations,” including that she isn’t a “piece of meat.”

Starting in September, you’ll be able to see the meat dress at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and it will remain there for “the foreseeable future” or until someone eats it with mashed potatoes (only joking!).

Would you go see the meat dress IRL? Could you imagine any of Miley’s VMAs costumes ending up on display? Let us know in the comments!

–Lindy Segal

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