Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney calls for ‘equal rights for women’ with suffragette-themed Met gala dress
Cindy Ord / MG21 / Getty Carolyn Maloney at the 2021 Met Gala
New York Representative Carolyn Maloney made a bold statement on the 2021 Met Gala red carpet Monday, donning a floor-length maxi dress displaying the colors of the suffragette movement (purple, white and gold) as well as belts embroidered with the words “equal rights for women”.
The 75-year-old Democrat also wore a bag emblazoned with ‘ERA YES’, an endorsement of the proposal Modification of equal rights, which would add a line to the US Constitution prohibiting discrimination based on sex. (The amendment has been picked up by various state legislatures in recent years after an unsuccessful campaign to ratify it in the 1970s.)
According to an Instagram post, Maloney’s gala dress was designed by Antonios Couture, a fashion house of Beirut-born designer Ghassan Antonios.
The MP explained the idea behind her ensemble for Monday night’s event, writing on Twitter that she has “long used fashion as a change of force 4”.
“As the Met Costume Institute reopens with its inaugural exhibit celebrating American designers, I’m calling ERA certification 4 so women can be equal once and for all,” Maloney wrote.
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Carolyn Maloney
In her tweet, Maloney included a photo of herself in the dress posing outside the Monument to Women’s Rights Pioneers in Central Park.
Maloney raised her eyebrows with the old looks worn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala, like in 2019, when she wore a firefighter jacket to brag about it support of a bill compensate the victims and families of the September 11 attacks.
His sartorial statements have also attracted criticism, as in 2001 when she gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives wearing a burqa.
“It’s an expensive, heavy and bulky piece of clothing that covers the whole body. And it includes a mesh panel covering the eyes,” Maloney said in that speech, in which she advocated for the American invasion of the United States. ‘Afghanistan and tried to draw attention to the harsh treatment of women by the Taliban.
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Maloney wasn’t the only congressman sending a political message with her fashion at this year’s Met Gala (an annual event that was canceled last year due to COVID-19[female[feminine).
Dear representative from New York. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first appearance at the gala wearing a white dress by Brother Vellies with the political slogan “Tax the Rich” splashed across the back in red letters.
The Democratic MP, 31, told reporters the dress was “really for having a real conversation.”
“It’s about justice and fairness in our system and I think this conversation is particularly relevant,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the inspiration behind the statement.
Of the backlash she inevitably faced from some, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters, “I think I’m a little bit to the point where no matter what I’m doing, if I wake up in the morning it There will be someone who has something to say about it. So, at the very least, what we should be doing is acting with our integrity and doing things with intention and purpose. “
The The Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed in April that the annual fashion festival would return in 2021 and consist of two parts.
The first part, titled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, will debut on September 18, 2021 and run through September 5, 2022 to “celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute and explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” according to a statement .
The second part, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will open on May 5, 2022 and “will explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives linked to the complex and overlapping histories of these spaces.” It will also close on September 5, 2022.