Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of many attendees at the 2021 Met Gala who wanted to make a statement with her outfit.
The Democratic congresswoman was wearing a custom Brother Vellies dress that had a very big 'Tax The Rich' message embroidered in red on the back.
It was the first time the politician has walked up the iconic steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for fashion's night of nights.
The theme for the 2021 Met Gala is 'In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion' and AOC wanted to make sure her dress symbolised where she wants her country to go in the future.
Speaking to Vogue on the red carpet, she said: "We can't just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions.
"While the Met is known for its spectacle, we should have some conversations about it."
Commentary on the dress has been mixed, with some people saying it's ironic to wear such a statement at an event where the price tag for a seat is in the tens of thousands.
New York Post reports it can cost up to $35,000 for a ticket to the glitzy event and $200,000 for a table.
But AOC wanted her message to go out on fashion's biggest night because she knew it would deviate from the usual 'who is your designer' chat.
She wrote on social media: "The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.
"And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city's cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening."
James, founder and creative director of Brother Vellies told Vogue, he was delighted to dress AOC and provoke a conversation that they believe deserves to be had in America.
"We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they've been given," he said.
"We must always continue to push ourselves, push our colleagues, push the culture and push the country forward. Fashion is changing, America is changing.
"And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and empowered future."
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