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Cumbrian students recreate Lady Gaga's meat dress

Swapping needle and thread for the chopping block and butchers’ string – a group of design students from the University of Cumbria have recreated Lady Gaga’s show-stopping meat dress.

With meat donated by Cranstons butchers, the group of 20 used Cumberland sausage to fashion an original take on the famous design.

Working for hours at Cranstons headquarters in Penrith, the first year costume design students stitched, sewed and tied the dress together – also crafting meat shoes and a sausage swirl headpiece.

It was all in celebration of Gaga’s visit to Carlisle as part of Radio 1’s Big weekend.

Once assembled, Aled Haydn Jones, producer of the Chris Moyles Show, stopped by to have a look at the dress.

Aled, who also presents the Sunday Surgery on Radio 1, congratulated students on their efforts.

He said: “It is obviously an incredible feat, inspired by Lady Gaga. I just hope she wears something equally elaborate when she performs on Sunday.”

The dress comprised of a chipolata skirt, lamb breast corset and Cumberland Sausage swirl bust.

It was a combination of designs sketched by students Megan Douglas and Izabella Moxon.

Megan, 20, told the News and Star: “I am really pleased with how it has turned out. The shoes and the head piece are also brilliant.”

Fellow student, 19-year-old Hannah Warwick, modelled the creation.

Traditional Cumberland sausage featured heavily in the design of the dress.

The local produce was recently granted protected status meaning that only sausage made in the county it can take its name – other protected goods include Parma ham, Stilton cheese and Champagne.

Cranston’s butchers specialise in the traditional sausage and managing director Phillip Cranston said: “It is all a bit of fun. It is good to support the talents of local students and to see the new status of the sausages
appealing to a new generation.”

Butchery manager Rob McManus, who was on hand to offer practical advice, joked: “It is definitely a different way of to displaying our meat - usually it just sees trays or bags.”

International star Lady Gaga – who will play to 20,000 music fans when she visits Carlisle on Sunday as part of Radio 1’s Big Weekend – famously wore the show stopping meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music

She was later reported as saying she wanted to convey the message that people must stand up for what they believe in to avoid being treated like a piece of meat.

Lecturer Jen Bibby, who leads the costume foundation degree course at the University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road Campus in Carlisle, said: “We weren’t sure what to expect because the students have never worked
with meat before but it has been very successful.

“On top of work for assessments and making costumes for university performances, they have pulled it off.”

Cranstons have now donated all of the meat from the dress to the Animals Refuge in Wetheral.



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