- Some attendees chose bold statement looks for this year’s Met Gala theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a dress emblazoned with “tax the rich.”
- Nikkie de Jager wore a look inspired by LGBTQ+ activist Marsha P. Johnson.
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“The medium is the message,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Instagram. “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.”
It’s not the first time Maloney has used her Met Gala outfit to send a message. At the 2019 event, she wore a neon yellow Vassilis Zoulias dress with the firefighter jacket she vowed to wear until the passage of her bill for 9/11 first responders. The Never Forget the Heroes Act became law in July 2019.
“I think that has always kind of been what the Met has embodied — doing what you can do to send a message,” Levy said. “It’s not just clothes, you’re celebrating the impact that fashion can have and culture.”
Oversized sleeves, pants embroidered with a map, and black boots covered in gold embellishments and flowers completed the look.
Levy paired the outfit with Cartier jewelry.
“She was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots, and she was known for saying ‘Pay it no mind.’ So I’m not paying it any mind,” de Jager said. “And she was known for flowers, so here I am.”
De Jager came out as a transgender woman in an emotional video in January 2020.
The custom outfit was a symbol of women empowerment and sends a message to “stick it to the man,” Delevingne told Keke Palmer on Vogue’s livestream of the red carpet.
“Both the flags draping are the Black American heritage flag and the Filipino flag, because I’m Black and Filipino and that’s what makes me an American girl,” she told E! News on the red carpet.
Eilish, who’s been vegan for seven years, told The New York Times’ Jessica Testa that she was “honored to have been a catalyst” at the fashion house, adding that she was shocked that “wearing fur isn’t completely outlawed at this point in 2021.”