Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s Met Gala dress looks like a carbon copy of one designer’s own brand — at least according to the designer, but she doesn’t want a fight … just a collab.
An IG user who goes by the Velvet Bandit posted photos of AOC in her “Tax the Rich” dress stacked up against some artwork she claims to have designed … and says something looks a little too familiar. Specifically, she’s talking about the font and typeface of the words themselves.
VB writes, “@AOC stepped out at the Met Gala wearing a dress designed by @aurorajames that looks hella similar to my design. ????”
Velvet continues by saying her own “Tax the Rich” thing went viral on TikTok after putting her work up all around Sausalito, CA, and she adds … “This dress bears the same likeness as my handwriting.” Sounds ominous, but she simmers down.
The street artist doesn’t seem particularly litigious … saying she admires both AOC and the designer of her dress, Aurora James, and would like nothing more than to work with them.
She says she’s a lunch lady and a single mom, and doesn’t have the time or influence to try to reach out to famous people for gigs.
Instead, she’s asking people to tag and/or share this with the congresswoman and her designer, adding … “They need a female street artist working on their team, dontcha think? It would be an honor. Obviously they have fabulous taste.” Well … (de)escalated quickly. ????
We’ve reached out to AOC and Aurora James … so far, no word back.