Met Gala 2023: Mayor Adams out, Council Speaker Adrienne Adams expected
Mayor Adams, who showed up early at last year’s Met Gala wearing a New York City-themed, anti-gun tuxedo, was not expected to attend the glamorous event Monday night.
But the speaker of the New York City Council, Adrienne Adams, appeared at the Upper East Side gala, wearing a luminous black sequined gown.
She also attended last year. The speaker and the mayor, two Democrats, are not related.
Attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual event — formally called the Costume Institute Benefit — can present a prickly position for politicians.
New York Democrats have received criticism in the past for partying with the rich and famous at the gilded banquet, which some see as a tribute to wealth and excess.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Bronx-Queens progressive, drew particular scolding when she attended the 2021 Met Gala in a white Brother Vellies gown with the words “Tax the Rich” weaved on the back.
A House ethics report later censured her over a six-month delay in her payment for the gown.
She did not plan to attend the gala on Monday, according to her spokeswoman.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio, another Democrat, spurned the ball for years before attending in 2021, toward the end of his administration. He wore a midnight blue tuxedo designed by Dreu Beckemberg.
Mayor Adams continued the mayoral tradition last year, wearing a black tuxedo by Laolu Senbanjo, a Brooklyn-based designer, that included nods to the MTA and the Chrysler Building on its black-and-white lapels.
The back of the tuxedo worn by the crime-focused mayor showed an image of a firearm with a line through it, and the words: “END GUN VIOLENCE.”
On Monday night, Adams was expected at the Hotel Association of New York City Foundation’s Red Carpet Hospitality Gala at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, about 20 blocks south.