…And we thought Kim Kardashian damaged Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress after wearing it to the 2022 Met Gala. Well, Ripley’s Museum has come to the rescue of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star. So, believe it or not, Kim isn’t the culprit. Read on to learn further about this.
A Convincing Statement From Ripley’s
Kim Kardashian previously came under fire for wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress at the 2022 Met Gala. Many fans, including Bob Mackie, who sketched the famous gown in 1962, slammed Kim for wearing the dress, calling it a “big mistake”.
Well, I agree that Kim failed to carry the iconic dress worn by Marilyn on JFK’s birthday, but recent claims that she caused damage to the dress have been shut down by the museum itself. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum issued a statement Thursday stating that the Hulu reality star “did not, in any way, damage the most expensive dress in the world in the short amount of time it was worn at the Met Gala.”
Ripley’s VP of Publishing and Licensing, Amanda Joiner, remained with the dress the day of the Met Gala during transport from Orlando, Fla., to New York. She said, “From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in.” So who did the damage? Well, that’s the question.
Is the Dress Damaged?
Kim visited the museum in April with her boyfriend Pete Davidson which already sparked rumours that she could be wearing a vintage piece. The 41-year-old star revealed in an interview that she would not be able to tailor her Met Gala gown at all. She said, “I think it will be up to the last minute because it can’t be tailored, so I have to fit into it exactly.”
The initial price of this dress back in the 60s was $12,000 and was designed by Jean Louis. It was reported so tight that Marilyn had to be sewn into it before her performance. Kim claimed that she lost around 16 pounds in three weeks to fit in the dress. But, looking at her figure, it’s obvious that she may have damaged the iconic piece.
As Ripley’s Museum released an official statement in favour of Kim Kardashian stating that she wore the dress for a few minutes during her red carpet appearance before changing into a replica she wore the rest of the night. On the contrary, questions regarding the condition of the dress were first raised by a Marilyn Monroe historian Scott Fortner.
Scott took to Instagram previously to share before and after images of the Jean Louis gown Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy for his birthday in 1962. ChadMichael Morrisette, who owns Oh Mannequin! and helped put on the 2016 auction where Ripley’s purchased the dress for $4.81 million, also revealed the current state of the dress in an interview by stating:
“The delicate silk soufflé fabric appears to be missing crystals. It also appears to have several small rips along the zipper seam. I visited the display on June 12, 2022, and took pictures and videos of the damage.
“I was hired by Julien’s [in 2016] to put the dress on display, and not just the dress, I put Marilyn Monroe’s entire auction on display, I’ve handled more of her artifacts than anyone in the world. I’ve touched her driver’s license. I’ve touched her high school yearbook. I’ve touched her ID card to Korea when she went to Korea with Joe DiMaggio. I’ve touched everything that’s ever come up for sale, including that dress.”
“I know this dress, and the damage is so apparent. I left Ripley’s in tears. I ran out with my hand over my mouth, holding back the tears, because I could not believe the damage that they allowed to happen for a publicity stunt.”
The Bottom Line
The sparkly dress has been on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Orlando, Fla since its purchase in 2016 for around $4.8 million, making it one of the most expensive dresses ever sold.
FYI, this is the same dress that Marilyn Monroe wore when she performed for President JFK’s birthday in 1962. Remember when she was surrounded by controversies for being the only person present on the stage and singing “Happy Birthday, Mr President”.
Ahead of the party, the “Skims” founder stated that “I’m extremely respectful to the dress. I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or have any risk of any damage to it and I won’t be wearing the kind of body makeup I usually do.” As the news broke about the damage, many netizens began cursing Kim for the damage caused to the iconic dress.
One Twitter user wrote, “Kim should’ve never worn that dress, to begin with. I mean yes it’s nice to pay homage to Marilyn but she could’ve had a new dress made and replicated. This was a timeless and iconic artefact that’s been ruined.” Another user wrote, “Question is: Why did someone let Kim K. wear Marilyn’s dress?”
Now Ripley’s Museum states that Kim took utmost care and did not cause damage to the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress. Not only this, the museum shared that it will continue to have Monroe’s dress on display in Los Angeles through fall 2022. Whom should we believe? While the dress is not much of a concern to most, many Monroe fans call it a legacy. Why do I have a feeling that Kim is the real culprit and got saved once again? What say?