Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves at the 2021 Met Gala with her quirky yet statement-making dress. The US rep was styled by designer Aurora James for the night.

AOC managed to turn many heads at the 2021 Met Gala.

The 31-year-old politician arrived on the red carpet adorned in a figure-hugging white, off-shoulder dress that had ‘TAX THE RICH’ written on its backside. While the outfit’s strong message was commended by many, others were not so thrilled.

Soon, a discussion about the dress started on Twitter, leaving the users deeply divided with their opinions. Besides the outfit itself, its designer garnered a lot of attention too.

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Who is Aurora James?

Aurora is a Canadian fashion designer, who is also the founder of Brother Vellies, a New York-based footwear and accessories company.

Aurora started the brand, which sells handcrafted and sustainable fashion pieces, in 2013. The business’ official website reveals that Brother Vellies was founded with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices alive.

According to the website, the Canadian designer has a background in fashion, journalism, photography, art, music and horticulture. So far, she has amassed close to 200,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her impressive work.

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Designer’s net worth explored

AOC’s Met Gala dress designer is worth approximately $1 million.

Aurora has amassed a huge fortune thanks to her company Brother Vellies. A basic pair of heels on the brand’s website is priced anywhere between $400 and $600. On the other hand, flat sandals are priced between $285 and $615. A designer heel can go up as high as $800 a pair.

Besides owning and running a thriving business, the designer is also the founder of the 15 Percent Pledge, a nonprofit organization created with the goal of helping Black-owned businesses.

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AOC’s 2021 Met Gala dress explored

While the price of AOC’s custom-designed gown is unclear, we learnt from Brother Vellies website that the shoes worn by the politician are sold for over $1,000 a pair.

AOC completed her look with a red bag that had ‘TAX THE RICH’ written on it too. The stint left Twitter divided with many pointing to the fact that despite the dress, the Democratic congresswoman attended the event with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kendal Jenner, Megan Fox, J-Lo, Grimes and many other rich, A-list personalities, thus rubbing shoulders with “the rich.”

Others also noted that the price of tickets are up to $35,000 for the Met Gala while the tables are priced at $250,000. 

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