The Met Gala is the most anticipated fashion event of the year, and those who come together know it perfectly. Some decide to attract attention with extravagant looks that it is impossible not to talk about, while others prefer to take the opportunity to reflect on certain social issues through their costumes. From revelations against the patriarchy to giving visibility to the LGBT community, here are the outfits that marked the night of the gala for their powerful messages.
More taxes for the rich
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 31-year-old congresswoman of Puerto Rican origin, who leads the left wing of the Democratic Party and is also a master of social networks, surprised by presenting herself in a rather risky white dress, and not exactly in terms of fashion.
“Tax The Rich” (Tax the rich): that was the claim of who was the youngest elected legislator in the history of the United States and who yesterday posed, precisely, among a large group of celebrities made up of Hollywood actors, elite athletes, world music figures and television faces amassing billions of dollars.
“The medium is the message. Proud to work with Aurora James, a sustainability-focused, immigrant, black designer who put her dream, Brother Veilles, into action at a Brooklyn flea market and won the CFDA award against all odds, and work together to open the doors from the MET gala. The time has come for health, childcare and climate action for all. Let the rich pay taxes, ”Alexandria wrote on her Twitter account.
Another congresswoman who also attended the gala was Carolyn B. Maloney. This democrat has promoted the proposal of a constitutional amendment that protects the rights of women, and decided to take advantage of the occasion to give it even more visibility. Her multi-colored dress read “equal rights for women,” which she complemented with a handbag in support of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment).
“Around the country, women’s rights are under attack. I’ve been using fashion as a force for change for a long time. With the reopening of the Met’s Suit Institute and its inaugural exhibition celebrating American designers, I am calling for ERA certification so that women can be equal once and for all, ”said the congresswoman.
Revelation Against Patriarchy
In a white two-piece suit with the motto ‘Peg the patriarchy’ signed by Dior. This is how Cara Delevingne arrived at the fashion event, making clear what she thinks about patriarchy. “If those who are watching us do not know what ‘pegging’ means they should look for it themselves, because I am not going to explain it now,” said the model after being approached about the message in her outfit. As reviewed by Marie Claire magazine, ‘Peg’ comes from the English word ‘pegging’, used to describe the sexual practice in which a woman penetrates a man from behind with a sexual object.
Homenaje a Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson was a trans woman who became an icon for the rights of the LGBT community for dedicating much of her life to fighting for sexual liberation. Beauty influencer Nikkie de Jager wanted to pay tribute to her memory with a floral-embellished suit, alluding to an iconic photograph in which Marsha poses with a wreath of flowers on her head.
“When I was invited to the Met Gala, I knew I wanted to pay tribute to the trans icon who found herself in the forefront of the Stonewall riots. Marsha P. Johnson paved the way for many of us, and I hope I have made my community proud tonight, ”said the Dutch blogger.
Visibility for the LGBT community
“The Loewe polo shirt and tailored trousers depict two men kissing, from a 1984 artwork that cleverly appropriates a homophobic cartoon to celebrate same-sex love. Photos of Wojnarowicz and his friends surround the couple, amidst a background of world maps, which indicate the arbitrary borders and divisions faced by the queer community, ”highlights the luxury Spanish fashion house on the actor Dan’s outfit Levy.
With this outfit, instead of recreating the message of hatred, Loewe assures that they have wanted to celebrate visibility and love, recognizing how hard artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight to be accepted, and at the same time present their imagery to elaborate a hopeful message. .
(Fotos: Getty Images)