Update 09/14/2021 1:26pm:
NY U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened up about her "Tax the Rich" dress that she wore to the Met Gala on Monday (September 13) night.
AOC wrote about working with designer Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies, on the dress, writing, "Proud to work with @aurorajames as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream @brothervellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the @cfda against all odds - and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met."
She then addressed people questioning if she paid $30,000 for the ticket to the annual fashion gala, writing, "And yes, BEFORE anybody starts wilding out - 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."
When it comes to the message and intent behind the dress, AOC stated that "the medium is the message." She also added, "The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich." You can read in full above.
Original 09/13/2021 10:26pm:
NY U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised eyebrows by wearing a white dress with the words "Tax The Rich" written in bright red letters. Many find the dress ironic considering that it's being worn to an event exclusively attended by the rich, with Met Gala tickets costing $30,0000 each.