The Most Talked About Dress At Met Gala

AOC in a white Tax the rich gown

USA’s democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a gown to the Met Gala that was ebmlazoned in red graffiti text with the statement; “Tax the Rich”. Read key points below to find out why this is the most talked-about dress of the Met Gala 2021.

  • AOC made her Met Gala debut and she used the opportunity to share a message she is passionate about. For this, she employed Fashion and wore big white gown splattered in big red letters stating: "Tax the Rich".
  • Speaking to reporters at the event, she explained why she had brought her message to the Met Gala;
    "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.
  • While the gown was celebrated by many it was, equally met with harsh criticism by others. A lot of criticism revolved around a AOC's "hypocracy". After all, Met Gala's ticket is around $35 000.
  • Vanessa Friedman, chief fashion critic at the New York Times, took to Twitter to say, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attending the $30,000-a-ticket #MetGala in a Brother Vellies gown blaring "Tax the Rich" is a complicated proposition."
  • AOC responded to criticism by sharing a google report on the “Tax the Rich” search after her attendance proving that her plan worked; her dress started a conversation. She also shared a comment on her socials:
  • “NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance. Dress is borrowed.”
  • Aurora James, founder of the label Brother Vellies and a winner of the 2015 CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund, made the dress.
  • Ocasio-Cortez shared how proud she is that the dress was designed “sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer” who first started selling her garments at a Brooklyn flea market.