Marilyn Monroe ‘s Iconic Dress has allegedly been Damaged by Kim Kardashian after being worn to the MET Gala 2022 a collector has claimed.
According to reports, On Monday, June 13, Scott Fortner posted before and after photos of the Marilyn Monroe‘s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President dress” via Instagram.
In the after shot, Fortner claimed was captured on June 12, the dress appears to be missing crystals and seems to be tearing at the zipper, with another collector claiming the gown has sustained significant damage after the reality star wore the number to the 2022 Met Gala last month.
After the Met Gala on May 2 ,2022, which Ripley released an official statement, revealing that no visible alterations had been made to the jeweled Bob Mackie design dress and that Kardashian, 41, had after wearing it on the red carpet changed into a replica for the remaining part of the event.
“Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history.” The center continued: “With input from garment conservationists, appraisers and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority. Believe It or Not! No alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet.”
Ripley’s further addressed the issue in a statement released on May 5, per the Daily Beast.
“We basically had many conversations with Kim and her team and put a lot of requirements in place with security and with the handling of the dress,” Amanda Joiner,
Vice President of licensing and publishing at Ripley’s, said.
“The dress was never with Kim alone. It was always with a Ripley’s representative. We always ensured that at any time we felt that the dress was in danger or ripping or we felt uncomfortable about anything, we always had the ability to be able to say we were not going to continue with this.”
Kardashian also expressed an understanding of the dress’ importance in an interview with Vogue on May 2 . See statement below
“I’m extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history. 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,”
“I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein … I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict,” she told Vogue.
Ever since Kim Kardashian channeled the Marilyn Monroe 1962 dress, designers and collectors have constantly frowned and expressed disappointment towards Ripley’s unwise decision.
“[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”
The iconic gown which was acquired for $4.8 million has been kept in a dark, temperature-controlled room. .