Kim Kardashian caused a stir when she wore Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress to this year’s Met Gala – and more than a month later, her outfit is still causing a stir online, with some speculating that she was spoil the dress. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, who lent the dress to Kardashian, now says she didn’t mess it up.
Kardashian spoke extensively about how she borrowed the dress from Ripley’s, which has a number of exhibits around the US featuring pop culture artifacts and other memorabilia. She also talked about how even though she lost weight, her body still didn’t fit when the day came to wear it.
So she didn’t wrap up all the way, but wore a fur coat to cover her back on the red carpet. And that’s it – she just wore it on the red carpet.
The reality TV star and businesswoman put the dress on just before she stepped onto the Met steps and took it off as soon as she got inside, so as not to ruin the jeweled dress Monroe was wearing when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. Kardashian changed into a replica of the dress during a Met Gala.
However, people on social media speculated that she screwed it up. Pictures of the dress allegedly “before” and “after” Kardashian wearing began circulating online, with rumors that she had partially torn the seam and lost some of its jewelry.
However, the original origins of the dress address those rumors. “We hear you! Kim Kardashian’s climb up the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum at this year’s Met Gala caused quite a stir, but one thing it didn’t directly cause was the reported incident of damage to with Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘Happy Birthday’ dress from 1962,” Ripley’s posted on Instagram.
“Ripley’s decision to feature this garment at the Met Gala has been hotly contested, so we’re here to set the record straight away,” the post read. Ripley’s shared some facts about the dress, including a report from 2017 that said “some seams were pulled and frayed”.
As Ripley reports, the tears are not surprising given how fragile the material is.
While there is a “calculated risk associated with wearing it,” Ripley’s said it has been collecting pop culture memorabilia for more than 100 years and its mission is to educate and entertain. The discussion around the dress did just that. Ripley’s said: ‘No matter which side you take on the debate, the historical importance of the dress is not denied but highlighted.
Kardashian borrowed the dress from Ripley’s Orlando location and she didn’t pay for it – but she did make two charitable donations to organizations in Orlando on behalf of the company.
Ripley bought the dress in a closed auction. They said: “The dress could be locked in a private collection and not be able to tell its story. “Instead, it toured Ripley’s many attractions around the world and was introduced to a new generation thanks to this Met Gala moment.”