The Met Gala is often referred to as fashion’s biggest night, but over the years it has become the seasonal networking event for all walks of life. Attendees on the first Monday in May can more or less count on rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most famous actors, models, singers, humanitarians, and even politicians. Here’s a roundup of five politicians who made star-studded cameos at past Met Galas.
The congresswoman commonly known as the AOC is in 2021 made a splash at her Met Gala debut when she arrived at the event in a custom Brother Vellies gown that read “TAX THE RICH” in giant red letters. “Once they’re awarded, we’re never too comfortable at the dinner table,” says Aurora James, Founder and Creative Director of Brother Vellies and Percent ( Aurora James) oath, the way she said it. “We must always continue to push ourselves, our colleagues, our culture, our country forward.”
The former First Lady and Secretary of State made her Met Gala debut more than 20 years ago, and she made a triumphant comeback in 60 in a custom Joseph Altuzarra. Embroidered 60 women’s names on neckline and hem, including Rosa Parks, Lady Bird Johnson and Clinton’s mother Dorothy Rodham. She loved it,” Altuzarra said of the dress.
New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for her outspoken An outspoken lobbyist for tougher gun control measures in the US, she used her first Met Gala at 60 to commemorate the suffragette movement with purple, white and gold Antonios emblazoned with “ERA ” and “Women’s Equal Rights” haute couture gown.
Bill de Blasio
Former New York mayor did not attend while in office Met Gala custom, but on the occasion of his final year at 60, he appeared on the red carpet with wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante by his side. De Blasio and McCray both wore Brooklyn designers (Dreu Beckemberg and Fe Noel, respectively) to the event, which the former mayor’s spokesman called “a remarkable way to draw attention and highlight the return of jobs in the city’s fashion industry” during the pandemic.
New York’s proud and eccentric new mayor shows up at with his partner Trey Tracey Collins met Gala wearing a vest with “End Gun Violence” emblazoned on the back.