Carnival Row and Suicide Squad actress Cara Delevingne attended the Met Gala wearing a vest that reads “Peg The Patriarchy.” It was designed by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri.
If you are unfamiliar with The Met Gala or the Costume Institute Gala, it is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
— Variety (@Variety) September 14, 2021
Speaking to Vogue about the vest, Delevingne pointed to the word ‘peg’ on her vest and said, “If anyone doesn’t know what this word is, you’re gonna have to look it up because I’m not going to explain it right now.”
She further added, “But ‘Peg the Patriarchy’ it’s about women empowerment, equality, gender equality, but it’s a bit like, ‘Stick it to the man.’ If anyone wants to look up the word…”
“But still female, sexuality, female empowerment,” she added.
— Cara Delevingne Argentina (@iLOVCARA) September 14, 2021
Delevingne wasn’t the only Met Gala attendee that had a message to push.
New York congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wore a dress that reads, “Tax the Rich.”
— Variety (@Variety) September 13, 2021
Cortez’s colleague Carolyn B. Maloney, a representative from New York, sported a clutch that read “ERA YES.” ERA stands for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Her dress also sported the message, “Equal Rights for Women.”
— The Cut (@TheCut) September 13, 2021
United States Women’s National Soccer Team member Megan Rapinoe sported a clutch that reads, “In Gay We Trust.”
Megan Rapinoe arrived at the #MetGala carrying a red, white and blue clutch that reads “IN GAY WE TRUST,” matching her pantsuit.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 14, 2021
No Time To Die singer Billie Eilish’s dress didn’t sport any messages, but on Instagram she noted that the dress was designed by fashion house Oscar de la Renta and that they will be going fur-free in the future.
She wrote, “I am beyond thrilled that Fernando J. Garcia and Laura Kim and the entire team heard me on this issue, and have now made a change that makes an impact for the greater good, not only for animals but also for our planet and environment too.”
“I’m honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter. i urge all designers to do the same,” she concluded.
Schitt’s Creek actor Dan Levy wore attire that showed two men kissing.
He explained in an Instagram post the message he wanted the clothing to convey, “With support from the estate of American multimedia artist and LGBTQIA+ activist, David Wojnarovicz (1954-1992), Jonathan and the design team built upon an image of two men kissing from Wojnarovicz’s work, F*** You F****t F****r, named after a homophobic cartoon the artist had come across.”
He continued, “But rather than feed on the message of hate, we wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility – acknowledging how hard artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight, while also presenting the imagery in a way that offered a hopeful message.”
“Tonight, we’re celebrating the resilience, the love, and the joy of the community while honoring a crucial American voice that was taken from us too soon,” he stated.
Levy also added, “To mark the collaboration, Loewe has made a donation to Visual AIDS, an organization Wojnarovicz supported, that continues to promote AIDS awareness and education.”
What do you make of the messages these Met Gala attendees wanted to share?