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Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Turned Into Jerky for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Lady Gaga's meat dress is a tasty addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

​The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland wanted to display Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress for its "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit.

Problem is, how do you store and display raw meat for days, weeks, and months without flies, maggots, and the rotting stench of decay?

The answer? Turn the meat outfit into jerky. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the dress and shoes worn by Gaga at the 2010 Video Music Awards were cured and dried. The result? A jerky outfit, fit for display (or to eat on a hiking trip).

The outfit, made of Argentine beef, was kept in a meat locker, placed in a vat of chemicals, and dried by a team of taxidermists over a period of several months.

Hall of Fame spokesperson Margaret Thresher said the dress took on a "dark, beef-jerky" look while dehydrating, so it was painted to look "fresh" afterward.

Lady Gaga joins Madonna, Taylor Swift, Debbie Harry, and a host of other women who defined rock. Unfortunately, Katy Perry's whipped-cream- spraying bra is not joining the meat dress as dessert.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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