While Kim Kardashian appeared on May 2 at the MET gala in the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 during the famous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” addressed to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the businesswoman would have spoiled the statement piece.
Unconscious loan. The 41-year-old influencer and businesswoman has, according to several photos, damaged the dress that the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum loaned her, especially on this charity evening. This was explained by the collector Scott Fortner on the American channel Sky News, for whom this loan was “irresponsible”, explaining that it was “not just a dress.”
What is the reason for his anger? The texture of this legendary piece was loose, even torn and many crystals would be lost.
Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress was reportedly damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it to the Met Gala.
The dress now shows signs of rips, and several crystals are either missing or hanging from it. pic.twitter.com/cFu1lUBmzS
– Bob Crave June 13, 2022
For the record, Marilyn Monroe wore this piece in 1962 while she famously sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” for JFK’s 45th birthday.
Far from wanting to outsmart Kim Kardashian, the expert identifies, on the other hand, believing that this tight-fitting piece, adorned with 6,000 crystals and hand-stitched by fashion designer Jean Louis, should never be loaned out but should be kept at all costs. Especially when we know that it’s still to this day the dress that sold the most expensive at auction, at $4.8 million, in 2016, by Julien’s Auctions.
“I think my disappointment is that Ripley made several statements that he was doing everything he could to protect and preserve the dress.” Dress in her view “should have been archived, preserved and cared for” because it is “part of American history for an event that occurred 60 years ago.” Because it’s more than just a dress, “It’s a cultural icon. It’s a political icon. It’s a Hollywood icon,” he insists. “It’s the most famous dress in the world.” But the damage occurred, and the damage is considered “irreparable.”
For her part, Kim Kardashian, who, according to Elle magazine, lost several pounds to be able to wear this unique piece, declared herself on the networks “I was honored to wear the symbolic dress Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing ‘Happy Birthday.’” To President John F. Kennedy .
She also thanked Ripley’s Believe It or Not for “giving him[the opportunity]to present this memorable piece of fashion history for the first time since it was worn by the late Marilyn Monroe.” The first time and definitely the last time.
“Freelance reader. Passionate internet advocate. Prone to fits of apathy. Pop culture scholar.”