Few women have an item in their closets that visitors to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., would line up to see.
Fewer would suggest that something they wore is an iconic symbol of the evolution of women artists.
And only one likely has — or wants — a dress made from raw meat: Lady Gaga.
Plenty of people would find the mere idea rancid, but people are indeed lining up to see the famous meat dress that Lady Gaga wore at a 2010 awards ceremony.
Yes, two years is a long time for a raw meat dress. Unless, like Lady Gaga, you have it chemically treated by taxidermists to preserve it and then have it painted red to appear fresh.
The dress is one of more than 250 pieces of clothing and artifacts from women who the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland says helped redefine rock ’n’ roll. Others are a fox fur worn by Billie Holiday and dresses worn by the Supremes.
The curator of the exhibit, Meredith Rutledge-Borger, told The Associated Press that the exhibit, now in Washington, is inherently political as it highlights women who have stood for women’s rights, gay rights and other issues — issues that are not-so-coincidentally also part of this year’s presidential campaign debate.
And while both candidates are striving to help people grasp the fundamentals of their platforms, neither has gone so far as to wear raw meat — or cooked meat. If doing so were to gain some young votes, it would definitely lose the animal rights crowd.
Lady Gaga’s dress is not what voters have in mind as they plead with candidates to skip the posturing and get to the meat of issues.