Kim Kardashian may have worn this Marilyn Monroe dress to the Met Gala over a month ago. But, as you might expect, he still dominates the headlines. This time the headlines aren’t about her losing weight to fit into the dress, or the fact that she was given a lock of Marilyn’s hair by the museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not…Rather than Kim would, apparently , caused damage to the iconic outfit, originally worn by Monroe to sing Happy Birthday, Mr President to John F Kennedy in 1963.
Photos of the dress were shared by @marilynmonroecollection on Instagram, with side-by-side photos of the dress, before and after, showing damage, such as “missing crystals and some left hanging by a thread.” The account then asked the museum: ‘@ripleysbelieveitornot, was it worth it?’
The museum, Ripley’s, said in a statement earlier that “great care has been taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history.” “With input from garment curators, appraisers and archivists, the condition of the garment was the top priority,” they added, “Believe it or not!” no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!’
This isn’t the first time Kim wearing this dress has irritated people in the fashion world. In fact, the dress’s original designer, Bob Mackie, said the social media superstar who wore it was a mistake. (The designer, now 82, designed the dress when she was 23, originally not knowing why Marilyn was going to wear it.)
“I thought it was a big mistake,” the designer said, speaking to EO. ‘[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody shoots like that. And it was made for her. It was designed for her. No one else should be seen in this dress.
And Kim caused an uproar when she previously revealed that – to fit the dress – she had lost 16 pounds in just three weeks. For those who need context, that’s 7.25kg, or about the same weight as a 5 month old baby.