former first lady hillary clinton made a big return to the Met Gala after a 20-year hiatus on Monday, May 2. The former First Lady sported a dark red dress, designed by Joseph Altuzzara. Hillary, 74, revealed her dress played into the ‘In America’ theme by having the names of famous American female leaders stitched into the dress. Hillary last attended the Met Gala in 2001, when she was a senator from New York.
Clinton revealed that some of the names sewn into the dress included the likes of Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and many others, including the former presidential candidate’s own mother Dorothee Rodham. The names could be deciphered in elegant writing in the center of the dress. With all the classic and historical figures, it was a perfect piece for the evening’s ‘golden glamour’ dress code.
Joseph revealed he thought a lot about the dress beforehand in an interview with vogue. “When someone like Hillary goes to the Met, it’s not just like, ‘There’s Hillary at the Met and she’s wearing a dress.’ It means a lot. I felt like I had to be very careful about what the dress would mean for the theme and for the occasion,” he said.
It’s not uncommon for New York politicians to attend the Met Gala. New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made an appearance for the event in September 2021 wearing a stunning white dress with one of her frequently used campaign slogans: “Tax The Rich” printed on it. After some backlash, she tweeted a response to her detractors, letting them know that many New York politicians attended the event. “Before anyone starts ranting – New York’s elected officials who are regularly invited to attend the Met because of our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public,” she wrote.