Where to buy a Tax The Rich shirt, as seen on AOC

Olivia Olphin September 14, 2021
Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images For The Met Museum/Vogue

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This year’s Met Gala was full of statement pieces. Whether Cara Delevingne’s ‘peg the patriarchy’ corset or Carolyn Maloney’s suffragette-inspired look, many people had something important to say. This included congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), who had a dress emblazoned with the phrase ‘tax the rich’. We take a look at how you can get your hands on a tax the rich shirt, and AOC’s other merch.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes a statement with Met Gala dress

Dressed in full Aurora James, AOC rocked the Met Gala carpet in a white tuxedo-style gown with the words ‘Tax The Rich’ splashed across the back in vibrant red.

She said while walking the red carpet: “We really started having a conversation about what it means to be a working-class woman of colour at the Met… and we said we can’t just play along. We need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions.”

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Photo by Jamie McCarthy/MG21/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

While there has been some controversy around the politician choosing to attend an event with a ticket price of $35,000, New York politicians actually attend the event for free.

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Where to buy a ‘Tax The Rich’ shirt

AOC has her own merch website, which sells clothes made by union workers in the US.

The ‘Tax The Rich’ collection includes a sweatshirt, T-shirt, cap, stickers, mug and tote bag. The price of the collection ranges from $10 to $58.

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She has said the high prices for her merch reflect its ethical production: “As always, made in the US with dignified, union jobs paying living wages.”

Fans react to AOC’s Met Gala outfit

AOC’s Met Gala look has become highly controversial online, splitting views down the middle. Some love the look, while others suggest it’s hypocritical.

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While others took to Twitter to share memes about the potential hypocrisy of AOC’s statement.

We loved all the Met Gala looks this year, bring on 2022!

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.