Dressed in a white off-the-shoulder gown by Brooklyn-based designer brand Brother Vellies, the New York politician revealed the statement, scrawled in bold lettering on the back of her dress, as she ascended the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Making her Met Gala debut, Ocasio-Cortez completed the look with trademark gold hoops and a single pink flower pinned into her hair bun.
Speaking to reporters at the event, she explained why she had brought her message to the Met Gala, an event attended by many of Hollywood’s biggest — and wealthiest — stars.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the 2021 Met Gala accompanied by Brother Vellies founder Aurora James, who designed her dress. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
“When we talk about supporting working families and when we talk about having a fair tax code, oftentimes this conversation is happening among working and middle class people (on) the senate floor.
“I think it’s time we bring all classes into the conversation,” she continued.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows off her message to waiting photographers. Credit: Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images
There were other bold statements on show at the annual fundraiser, which generates money for the Met’s Costume Institute and borrows its theme from the museum’s latest exhibition (this year, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”). Earlier, soccer star Megan Rapinoe was seen carrying a clutch which read “In Gay We Trust,” while Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney arrived in a vibrant dress covered in bold text which read “Equal Rights for Women.”
“As the Met Costume Institute reopens (with its) inaugural exhibit celebrating American designers, I am calling 4 the certification of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) so women can be equal once and for all,” she continued.