A California-based avenue artist says that she created the ‘TAX THE RICH’ design that House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore on her costly gown when she attended Monday’s $35,000-per-ticket Met Gala in New York.
The artist who goes by the moniker The Velvet Bandit posted photographs on Instagram displaying Ocasio-Cortez being prepped for the night by designer Aurora James.
The phrases ‘TAX THE RICH’ seem in crimson letters on the again of the white gown.
The slogan and its red-lettered all-caps font seems fairly related to the design that seems in paintings by The Velvet Bandit, who says that it went viral on TikTok earlier than Ocasio-Cortez’s look on the gala.
The socialist lawmaker from New York, James, and their companions attended the occasion as visitors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A California-based avenue artist says that she created the ‘TAX THE RICH’ design that House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (seen left with designer Aurora James earlier than Monday’s occasion in Manhattan) wore on her costly gown when she attended Monday’s $35,000-per-ticket Met Gala in New York
On her Instagram account, she posted photographs displaying the identical ‘TAX THE RICH’ slogan printed on a face masking worn by a cartoon character meant to depict President Abraham Lincoln
Stickers of the Lincoln face masking are pictured in a number of areas
‘Look acquainted? @aoc stepped out on the Met Gala carrying a gown designed by @aurorajames that appears hella related to my design,’ The Velvet Bandit wrote on her Instagram web page. ‘All of my pasteups are handpainted, and after my Tax the Rich I put up in Sausalito went viral on Tiktok, I started promoting stickers and shirts. And low and behold, this gown bears the identical likeness as my handwriting’
On her Instagram account, she posted photographs displaying the identical ‘TAX THE RICH’ slogan printed on a face masking worn by a cartoon character meant to depict President Abraham Lincoln.
Stickers of the Lincoln face masking are pictured in a number of areas.
‘Look acquainted? @aoc stepped out on the Met Gala carrying a gown designed by @aurorajames that appears hella related to my design,’ The Velvet Bandit wrote on her Instagram web page.
‘All of my pasteups are handpainted, and after my Tax the Rich I put up in Sausalito went viral on Tiktok, I started promoting stickers and shirts.
AOC is seen together with her date, boyfriend Riley Roberts. It was realized on Tuesday that the congresswoman and her accomplice have been invited visitors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
AOC together with her boyfriend Riley Roberts (far proper), her gown designer Aurora James and Benjamin Bronfman (far left), James’ accomplice who’s the inheritor to Seagrams Company Ltd. The group was pictured leaving at midnight
Before the gala, AOC bought prepared at The Carlyle resort on the Upper East Side, the place rooms price upwards of $1,000-a-night. She was escorted to a chauffer-driven automotive, with somebody carrying the prepare of her gown, and she waved to screaming followers as she left the resort
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the lavish Met gala carrying a ‘TAX THE RICH’ gown. She boasted on Tuesday morning about rising the variety of individuals looking the phrases ‘Tax the Rich’
AOC poses in her ‘Tax The Rich’ gown whereas film star Megan Fox waits behind her. AOC attended the occasion with designer Aurora James in what she claims was a political protest
‘And low and behold, this gown bears the identical likeness as my handwriting.’
The artist added: ‘I like each of those ladies vastly, and I’d love nothing greater than to collaborate with them in a roundabout way.
‘I’m a full time lunch woman and single mother, which does not go away me a lot time in my day to try to attain well-known individuals to hit me up.’
The Velvet Bandit requested her followers on Instagram to share her paintings in order that it could attain Ocasio-Cortez and James as a result of ‘they want to work with me!’
‘They want a feminine avenue artist engaged on their staff, dontcha assume? It can be an honor.
‘Obviously they’ve fabulous style.
‘Together we may take over the world and this s*** gap we’re at present residing in could possibly be so significantly better.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to The Velvet Bandit for remark. No phrase but as to whether or not Ocasio-Cortez will take her up on her provide.
The 31-year-old socialist firebrand attended the occasion together with her boyfriend Riley Roberts after preparing at The Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side.
On Tuesday morning, AOC boasted concerning the surge in Google searches for the phrases ‘tax the wealthy’.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘Surge in individuals wanting up and discussing our f****d up tax code is and the way we repair it so we are able to fund childcare, healthcare, local weather motion and pupil mortgage forgiveness for all? Aurora James understood the project.’
But she has been slammed for supporting the occasion by many who say she merely needed to benefit from the limelight whereas making an attempt to go it off as a political protest in one more instance of her tone-deaf hypocrisy.
AOC, who beforehand posed on the duvet of Vanity Fair, drives a $35,000 Tesla and claims to be ‘100% grass roots from the Bronx’ regardless of rising up in a rich NYC suburb.
She wore a borrowed gown from Brother Vellies, James’ celebrity-adored NYC label.
The solely jewellery she wore was a pair of $450 gold hoops from Mejuri and a $65 ring from the identical model.
She did not put on a masks, like most of the different visitors.
The occasion was for totally vaccinated visitors solely however the celebrities in attendance – who frequently preach on-line about COVID guidelines – ignored the steering of the CDC and liberal states like California, the place masks are advisable indoors no matter vaccination standing.
In a proud Instagram submit concerning the occasion and her alternative of outfit, AOC stated: ‘The medium is the message. Proud to work with Aurora James as a sustainably centered, Black girl immigrant designer who went from beginning her dream Brother Vellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to profitable the CDFA towards all odds – after which work collectively to kick open the doorways on the Met. The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and local weather motion for all. Tax the Rich.
‘And sure, BEFORE anyone begins wilding out – NYC elected officers are frequently invited to and attend the Met due to our duties in overseeing our metropolis’s cultural establishments that serve the general public.
‘I used to be one among a number of in attendance. Dress is borrowed through Brother Vellies.’
In an announcement in a press launch by Brother Vellies, AOC stated: ‘There’s no method I’d be doing this if it wasn’t with a lady of coloration and with the intent to develop the desk and empower ladies that appear to be me.
‘Despite being held in New York City, the tradition of the Met Gala is every thing however.
‘NYC is commonly synonymous with inclusivity, inviting tens of millions of individuals from totally different walks of life to name this metropolis residence.
‘The Met Gala, then again, is seen as elite and inaccessible. I’m attending immediately as a result of I need to change simply that and highlight ladies of coloration who are sometimes not included throughout occasions like these.’
Donald Trump Jr led the criticism, blasting AOC as a ‘fraud’ whereas declaring that she was additionally not carrying a face masks ‘after spending the final 18 months as one of many largest masks Karens within the nation’.
Andray Domise, a author and accomplice in black information community Rezistans Nwa, additionally identified that the gala was going down simply yards from the place the NYPD have been arresting ‘defund the police’ protesters – a trigger that AOC has beforehand supported.
‘Police have been creasing individuals’s heads exterior whilst you and your mates have been nibbling watermelon tarts with smoked yuzu soy on panipuri crackers,’ he stated
Greg Price, a author for the Daily Caller, added: ‘AOC grew up in a rich suburb, went to some of the costly faculties in America, makes a six determine wage, drives a Tesla, lives above an entire meals, and is at present at an occasion that prices extra to attend than America’s common private earnings.’
Actor and comic Michael Rappaport additionally weighed in. He shared an image of AOC in a gown becoming session and captioned it: ‘Custom TAX THE RICH gown whereas on the most elitist occasion on this planet.
‘Will quickly be wealthy with a ginormous manufacturing deal from someplace & performed with Politics, assure it.
‘Stop treating ANY of those individuals like celebrities they’re public servants that work for US.’
As she made her Met Gala debut, AOC may have handed crowds of BLM protesters clashing with police exterior the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
AOC yelling out on the steps of the Met Gala earlier than going inside to mingle with the well-heeled, extremely rich visitors
Brothers Vellies, James’ luxurious model, is commonly worn by celebrities reminiscent of Beyoncé, Meghan Markle, Zendaya, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, in accordance to the model’s web site.
It is AOC’S first time attending the gala, however her political message has already drawn controversy throughout this yr’s ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ exhibit. It was additionally James’ gala gown debut.
James and Ocasio-Cortez stated they have been impressed by their experiences as working ladies of coloration to make the political assertion on the Met gala.
James is the founding father of the 15percent Pledge, a nonprofit that asks manufacturers to ‘pledge 15percent of their shelf area to Black-owned companies.’
She designs principally equipment and sneakers listed on her model’s web site retail across the $600 and $700 mark.
AOC has been very vocal prior to now about her stance on taxing millionaires.
In 2019 she advocated elevating taxes to 70 p.c for the rich so as to fund measures towards local weather change.
‘As a working class girl, [I] needed to benefit from the occasion but additionally break the fourth wall and problem the trade, Ocasio-Cortez advised Vogue.
‘When Aurora and I have been first sort of partnered, we began having a dialog about what it means to be working class ladies of coloration on the Met.
‘And we stated, you understand, we won’t simply play alongside, however we’d like to break the fourth wall, and problem a number of the establishments.
‘And whereas the Met is thought for its spectacle, we should always have a dialog about it,’ she added.
In a 2019 tweet, AOC wrote: When we are saying ‘tax the wealthy,’ we imply nesting-doll yacht wealthy. For-profit jail wealthy. Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark wealthy.
‘Trick-the-country-into-war wealthy. Subsidizing-workforce-w-food-stamps wealthy.
‘Because THAT sort of wealthy is solely not good for society, & it is like 10 individuals.’
There was additionally uproar over the truth that the celebrities on the crimson carpet weren’t carrying masks however lecturers and kindergarteners in public faculties have to.
‘Do as I say, NOT as I do. NYC mayor makes each single NYC public faculty pupil and trainer masks up all day at school.
‘Guess the Met Gala ain’t thought-about faculty,’ stated one offended Twitter person after seeing Mayor Bill de Blasio with out his masks, attending the occasion together with his spouse and his son.