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Get the Behind-the-Seams Stories of Pop Music's Most Iconic Garments


If you're expected to make a splash in music world, it helps to bring some eccentric visuals. The right outfit, in fact, can be what takes a simple pop star from "one album wonder" to "absolutely iconic." And whether that garment is a red vinyl catsuit à la Britney Spears, a nude latex two piece ala Bangerz era Miley Cyrus, or anything Cher has every worn ever, we're extra intrigued to hear the mythology behind each look. How did it end up in the music video? Why was it selected for this televised performance? And did that meat dress spoil? Today, we're unpacking some of those grand mysteries. 

Below, iconic pop star outfits, unzipped and explained.

1. Lady Gaga - Meat Dress

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Franc Fernandez designed Lady Gaga's savory meat dress back in 2010. "I was approached by [fellow fashion stylist] Nicola Formichetti to create the look. It was planned over a week period," Fernandez said. "It's always a pleasure working with Nicola and Gaga, the times I have. The process is very easy and quick. Apparently you just hit up the butcher and start sewing. Delicious! The dress has since been pseudo-preserved in jerky form for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame...with mixed success.

As to the big WHY of why this happened? Gaga said the dress has many interpretations (including a political protest against Don't Ask, Don't Tell)."For me this evening, 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 own bones,"she said. "And, I am not a piece of meat.”