Lady Gaga, Borat and Bad Taste Fancy Dress

It was Sandra’s son Joe that did it. He sent me a link to his blog [it is catching] and the first image to present itself to me was this. 


Yes, 116 years before Lady Gaga burst on to the MTV Video Music Award ceremony wearing a meat dress, author Hamish McTaggert took first prize at the Covent Garden Fancy Dress ball in April 1894 dressed in a flitch of bacon! Now I don’t know if he was trying to cause a sensation or was being ironic but he was an early contender for the all-time winner of the Bad Taste Fancy Dress stakes.  

Lady Gaga meat dress

Lady Gaga's matching meat shoes

 Such artifice will turn heads but it is only the tip of the iceberg when it come to bad taste. Take for example 


Prince Harry, the Nazi, or this Japanese variant on a theme. 


Mind you, I am not sure if this guy is actually being serious. I hope not. 

Fat Stripper

You could always turn heads by attending that party as an old stripper. That would get you your Xmas bonus, I’m sure… 

Now, Sasha baron Cohen was being ironic when he donned his mankini as Borat 

Borat Mankini "Very nice"

but now you to can be Borat… 


or have a Borat party with your friends! 

Borat Wannabes

 The possibilities are endless. It seems to me that in fancy dress as in many other things, the only limits to bad taste are the outer reaches of your imagination…


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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One Response to Lady Gaga, Borat and Bad Taste Fancy Dress

  1. rosa carreno says:

    fucked up bikinis

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