Kim Kardashian Didn’t Damage Marilyn Monroe’s Dress, Says Ripley’s

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After days of online outrage over whether Kim Kardashian damaged Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress while wearing it to the Met Gala earlier this year, Ripley’s Believe It or Not has stepped in to crush the claim. The company, which acquired the famous dress several years ago, said Thursday that a written report on the condition of the garment in early 2017 found damage similar to that seen after Kardashian wore it.

The report states that “a number of seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given the fragility of the material. There are creases in the back by the hooks and eyes”, in addition to other damage.

“From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim entered the dress, to the top where she was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in,” Ripley’s manager Amanda Joiner added. Vice President of Publishing and Licensing. A declaration.

A rep for Kardashian declined to comment.

The theory that Kardashian damaged the dress – which Monroe wore 60 years earlier when serenading President John F. Kennedy with a birthday song – dates back to ChadMichael Morrisette, a collector who photographed the dress earlier this week at Ripley’s in Los Angeles after spotting what he believed to be further damage to the garment. He shared the photographs with another collector, who posts on Instagram under the handle @marilynmonroecollection and circulated before and after images in support of Morrisette’s claim.

“Was it worth it?” the Instagram caption reads, directed to Ripley’s.

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The company’s decision to lend the dress to Kardashian for the May 2 gala in support of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has drawn ire from textile restorers and fashion historians who found it risky and disrespectful to the iconic nature of the garment. Fashion designer Bob Mackie, who sketched the 1962 Jean Louis dress while working as the Hollywood costume designer’s assistant, told Entertainment Weekly after this year’s Met Gala that he thought it was a “big mistake” for Kardashian to wear the dress. the Red carpet.

Monroe “was a goddess,” Mackie said. “A mad 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.

According to Vogue, Monroe’s bespoke dress has sold at auction twice: once in 1999 for over $1 million as part of her estate sale with Christie’s, and again in 2016 when she sold for $4.8 million at a Julien’s Auctions event and was acquired by Ripley’s. . The magazine said the dress is stored in a “controlled dark vault at an optimal 68 degrees and 40-50% humidity”. Kardashian said she “had to wear gloves” to try it on.

The dress was too small in places, according to Kardashian, who said she went on a strict diet afterwards so the garment would fit in time for the Met Gala. Vogue reported that she only wore the dress for her red carpet appearance, putting it in a makeshift dressing room near the base of the stairs and changing into a replica after walking up the steps. A Ripley environmentalist wearing gloves helped Kardashian in the process.

Kardashian told Vogue that she was “tremendously respectful of the dress and what it means to American history.”

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