A.O.C.’s Met Gala Designer Explains Her ‘Tax the Rich’ Dress

“For us it was about delivering a message.”

The day after the gown she designed for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made global headlines, Aurora James was reflecting on the fact that she didn’t see many other Black women designers represented at the Met Gala, which this year was meant to celebrate “American independence.” (There were several Black men designers in attendance as guests or dressing guests.)

“I think there may have been one person that I saw last night who was wearing Fe Noel, and that was DeBlasio’s wife,” she said. “Who else was?”

Noting this kind of thing is second nature for Ms. James, who is the founder of the 15 Percent

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