A California-based nameless avenue artist has identified that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ gown design is strikingly related to her artwork work that not too long ago went viral on TikTok.
The artist, referred to as “The Velvet Bandit” identified the similarities in an Instagram publish.
The gown was created by designer Aurora James and worn by AOC to the $30,000-per-ticket Met Gala.
In the Instagram publish, The Velvet Bandit wrote “Look familiar?” and tagged the congresswoman saying that she “stepped out at the Met Gala wearing a dress designed by @aurorajames that looks hella similar to my design,” with a shocked face emoji.
The artist continued, “all of my pasteups are handpainted, and after my Tax the Rich I put up in Sausalito went viral on TikTok, I began selling stickers and shirts.”
“Low and behold, this dress bears the same likeness as my handwriting,” the artist continued.
The artist stated “I admire both of these women greatly, and I would love nothing more than to collaborate with them in some way.”
She added that she is a “full time lunch lady and single mom.”
“They need a female street artist working on their team, dontcha think? It would be an honor. Obviously they have fabulous taste,” they continued.
On Tuesday morning, an ethics grievance was filed towards her for it by the authorities watchdog American Accountability Basis (AAF).
The AAF stated that Ocasio-Cortez violated Home Ethics guidelines by accepting “an impermissible gift” of the extremely coveted tickets.
“Specifically, we believe Representative Ocasio-Cortez has violated clause 5 of Rule XXV of the Rules of the House of Representatives (commonly known as the Gift Rule) by accepting admission to the Met Gala, an event whose per seat costs is reported to range from $35,000 to $50,000, without having a permissible exemption to allow the acceptance of the lavish gift,” American Accountability Basis President Tom Jones wrote in the grievance.
“If Representative Occasio-Cortez has used campaign funds to pay for this ticket, she has also violated FEC prohibitions on campaign funds being used for entertainment purposes,” the grievance continued.
Ocasio-Cortez additionally sells a $58 “Tax the Rich” hoodie in her merch store.
A desk at the Met Gala goes for $275,000.