Can you imagine anything more exasperating than having to sit next to Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards? You're hanging out, being cool, watching some other famous people do stuff. The seat next to you is empty but there's no name card on it, so you're all like, Yeahhh Rihanna come sit yourself right here girl. And then you hear some hubbub from the back of the room and Gaga totters down the aisle right at you and plops her rawness mere inches from your white tuxedo jacket. All you can do is scratch your nose, make an incredible gasface and say, "I Quit. I Quit." Not to mention, she seems like one of those people who react to everything with their hands. E. coli everywhere. But dude, Drake, sometimes you just got to walk, man. The not-at-all-sexy stench of dead meat stuck descending on your left half will not wash out for weeks. Just lookin' out.
The main beef with Gaga is not the discourtesy of her attire, though, but the source of her inspiration. The meatgown, designed by frequent collaborator Franc Fernandez and styled by her man Nicola Formichetti, appears to have its precedent in New York artist Pinar Yolacan's Maria series from a few years ago. A big leap, one might say, but Maria has shown all over the world and had a nice run at downtown New York gallery-of-note, Rivington Arms, in 2007, and this crew has shown a willingness to borrow liberally. So we're just saying that if you were really into this particular Gaga costume, there's more where it came from. Check a few of Yolacan's images after the jump and many more at Rivington Arms.