Occupy Champion Melissa Mark-Viverito Sported $5,300 Rings to the $25,000 per Ticket Met Gala
Remember November 2011, when City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was arrested, along with 98 protestors, for blocking the Brooklyn Bridge while chanting "We are the 99 percent?"
Well, times have changed. On Monday -- the same day protestors were gathering in Zuccotti Park to rail against the assault conviction of Occupy protester Cecily McMillan -- Mark-Viverito was uptown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, rubbing elbows with the .001%, at the Met Institute Costume gala.
Tickets to this year's Met gala cost $25,000 a piece. That's $10,000 more than last year; a bump that reportedly came at the behest of Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Back in the fall an anonymous source told the Hollywood Reporter, "Anna wants more exclusivity and high fashion" at the event.
City Council spokeswoman Robin Levine told the Voice via email that Mark-Viverito did not pay for her own ticket to the gala. "The Speaker accepted the Met's invitation to attend the Gala in her official capacity."
Mark-Viverito wore a dress designed by Gustavo Cadile, earrings by Nicole Romano (retail $275), and rings by Marcia Budet.
A spokesperson for Marcia Budet tells the Voice Mark-Viverito wore two 18 karat gold rings stacked together for the event. "One is the Gold Triangle Cocktail Ring (30 carat citrine stone with a diamond, 18k yellow gold, retail $2,700); the other one is the Shield Cocktail Ring (25 carat citrine stone and one diamond, 18k yellow gold, retail $2,600)."
Levine did not respond to inquiries about whether the items were donated, loaned or purchased for the event.
Occupiers, meanwhile, have their own question for their onetime ally.
Cut her some slack, guys--as you can see, she was kind of busy on Monday.
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