Two days ago, on September 13th, one of fashion’s biggest nights took place in New York City. The Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art when the world’s most prominent actors, musicians, athletes, designers, models, and Hollywood stars convene for dinner and light conversation. Although the event is invite-only, the rest of us get glimpses of what the experience is like through photos, tweets, Instagram stories, and most importantly, the red carpet. Each year has a theme and this year that was American fashion through the years.
Shortly after the first pictures were published, people took to their favorite social media app to share their opinions on the outfits that graced the red carpet. While people like Zoe Kravitz and Anok Yai received praise for their dresses, for the most part, not one outfit was rated highly.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, was one of the people who topped the list of worst Met Gala outfits. She rose to fame when she became the youngest congresswoman at twenty-nine; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is also known for her Twitter presence and championing a new era of young democrats. On the night of the met, she wore a white gown with ‘tax the rich’ written across the body in red ink.
While the idea behind her dress is commendable, and it’s understandable why she wore it on such a global stage, the entire dress was a miss. It came off as a stunt used to gain attention. The Met Gala is a night with some of the entertainment industry’s most affluent and well-known people. It is a night dedicated to celebrating the wealthy and then demonstrating that wealth for the world. Not only did her ‘tax the rich’ dress not fall in line with the theme, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes off as out of touch and tone-deaf for wearing that dress to such an event. It would’ve been better if she wore a replica of someone else’s dress like everyone else. Then saved her view for the political platform she already has or another event well suited for a Boston tea party-themed outfit.