NEW YORK - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore her politics to the 2021 Met Gala where tickets cost $30,000.
The Democratic-Socialist congresswoman wore a white gown by Brooklyn-based fashion company Brother Vellies, according to Vogue.
Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 with the goal of "keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs," according to its website.
During an interview on the red carpet, Ocasio-Cortez said she and the dress's designer, Aurora James, discussed "what it means to be working-class women of color at the Met."
"And we said, we can't just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions, and while the Met is known for its spectacle, we should have a conversation about it," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez, 31, represents New York's 14th congressional district. It was not known if she paid for her ticket to the lavish event.
The gala, which raises money for the museum's Costume Institute, was pushed last year from its traditional May berth and morphed this year into a two-part affair marking the institute's 75th anniversary.
There were about 400 guests, about a third of the normal number of invited guests.