When it comes to high fashion, subtlety is key. You must deliver pomp with poise and every alarming maneuver must somehow also be subdued.
This is not unlike the craft beer industry, where everything tastes like bug spray, but there are hundreds of bearded dudes on YouTube making a living by telling you about the terroir of the hops in the Pacific Northwest, and how contract disputes are going to ruin the industry.
Politics, on the other hand, is far more obtuse and tawdry affair, and even the normally fashionable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears unable to successfully balance the two.
The wardrobe choice drew a mixed response on social media, with some praising Ocasio-Cortez’s message and others questioning whether it conflicted with the star-studded nature of the event.
Tickets to the Met Gala cost at least $30,000, according to the Associated Press. It is unclear if Ocasio-Cortez purchased a ticket.
The irony of the situation was reminiscent of a previous controversy in which AOC was involved, with the Congresswoman participating in a photoshoot near her childhood home meant to demonstrate her working class roots.
During that photoshoot, AOC was found to be wearing a pantsuit that cost in excess of $3,500, thus defeating the purpose of the entire stunt.