This year was full of memorable fashion moments. A transgender model starred in a Givenchy campaign; plus-size model Crystal Renn walked in a Chanel show; Beyoncé modeled for Tom Ford’s first namesake womenswear show; beautiful tributes to the late Alexander McQueen were staged, while his legacy strode beautifully on the runway; Harvard scholars found Michelle Obama’s effect on the stock markets to be worth $2.8 billion; Miranda Kerr walked Balenciaga pregnant; Halle Berry was the first black woman to appear on a September issue of Vogue since 1989; Daphne Guinness bought Isabella Blow’s entire wardrobe; Kate Middleton started crazes for sapphire engagement rings and a couple of generic dresses — and we could go on! But of all the amazing and wonderful things that made a statement in the fashion industry this year, Time magazine has decided that Lady Gaga’s meat dress — of all the crazy and beautiful things she’s worn! — is the most significant of them all. You know Tyra Banks is seething over this, since the time she put her girls in meat bikinis on America’s Next Top Model — before Gaga decided to give herself over to the butchers — the world didn’t care a whole lot.
On the Time list, Gaga is followed by a slew of bad outfits worn by Heidi Klum, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Prince, and … Charo. What Time probably meant wasn’t fashion statements, but fashion disasters.
Top 10 Fashion Statements [Time]