KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - A California taxidermist has earned a
rare place in pop history.
Sergio Vigalato (VIG'-uh-lot-oh) preserved Lady Gaga's
now-famous raw-meat dress for display in the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
The project has prompted a swarm of media interest in the
66-year-old former Southeast Alaska charter boat skipper who's
originally from Brazil.
Vigalato operates American Taxidermy in Burbank, Calif. That's
where he was contacted by the museum about preserving the dress
that Lady Gaga wore at the September 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Vigalato was unaware of the dress or the artist when reached two
months after the show. But he agreed to the project anyway.
The ensemble, which Lady Gaga said was a statement about
equality, arrived at his shop frozen and decomposing. He restored
it over the next three and a half months, and the dress went on
display in June.