Rep. AOC wears ‘Tax the Rich’ dress to Met Gala
(CNN) - New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned heads Monday night at the Met Gala in New York by wearing a politically-charged dress.
The solid white gown featured the words “Tax the Rich” scrawled in large, red letters.
Though Met Gala attendees often choose eye-popping designs for the event, Ocasio-Cortez’s message was seen as bold for a room filled with some of the wealthiest Americans.
Aurora James, who designed the dress, says a lot of thought went into it.
“The Met Gala obviously is one of the most exclusive events in the world, and we wanted to come and deliver a message,” James said. “And I think when we talk about inclusion and gaining access to closed rooms for people of color, when you finally get a seat at the table, you have to decide what the message is that you want to deliver.
“And I think for the congresswoman, I think for myself, economic equality and economic justice was sort of top of mind. And ‘Tax the Rich’ was really what we settled on.”
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only lawmaker who used fashion to make a statement.
Fellow Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wore a dress with the words “Equal Rights for Women” on it.
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