Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made greater than only a trend assertion on the 2021 Met Gala.
The Democrat from New York attended the occasion Monday night time carrying a white tuxedo-inspired robe from Brother Vellies. The off-the-shoulder look additionally featured a purple spray-painted message on the again: Tax the wealthy.
“We really started having a conversation about what it means to be a working-class woman of color at the Met,” the Congresswoman told Ilana Glazer, host of Vogue‘s livestream. “We can’t just play along … [I] wanted to enjoy the event but also break the fourth wall and challenge the industry.”
Ocasio-Cortez was accompanied by the designer of her look, Aurora James. She told the fashion publication, “We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they’ve been given.” She continued, “We must always continue to push ourselves, push our colleagues, push the culture and push the country forward. Fashion is changing, America is changing. And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive and empowered future.”
The politician’s robe was an web hit, with many mentioning the irony of her message juxtaposed with the event.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, additionally in attendance, equally used the second within the highlight to ship a message.
Rep. Maloney wore a customized robe made in inexperienced, yellow, purple and white — suffragette colours — with a number of “Equal rights for women” trains and a “ERA YES” purse.