Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a bold statement at the New York Met Gala Monday night.
The customized, solid-white, strapless gown featured red embroidery at the back that read “tax the rich”.
Ocasio-Cortez stated that Brother Vellies made the dress.
Ocasio-Cortez captioned this photo: “The medium is what conveys the message.” “Proud and honored to collaborate with Aurora James, a Black woman immigrant designer. She went from starting her design at Brother Vellies in Brooklyn to winning CFDA despite all odds – and then they worked together to open up the Met’s doors.
Though attendees to the Met often choose catchy designs, AOC’s message was seen as bold for a room filled with some of the wealthiest Americans, Forbes pointed out.
Forbes estimates that tickets to the Met are at least $30,000.
Ocasio Cortez wasn’t the only lawmaker to use fashion to make a point at the Met.
Fellow Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wore a gown with the words “equal rights for women” on it.