Back in May this year, the annual MET Gala saw Hollywood stars in their full glitz and glam as they walked the renowned charity event with this year’s theme, In America: An Anthology of Fashion.
While Lizzo, Dove Cameron and Blake Lively received praises for turning lewks and stunting pretty, Kimberly Noel Kardashian West caused controversy yet again.
When Kim graced the carpet, she was seen in a beautiful flesh-coloured dress with crystals hand-stitched to a T.
The nude crystal dress was beautifully crafted by Bob Mackie, a renowned haute couture designer who sketched the dress when he was only 22.
Mackie made the dress specifically for the late Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday to the U.S president at the time, JFK.
When Monroe purchased the dress, it was sold for $1,440. In 2016, Ripley’s Believe It or Not acquired the dress for $4.8million and named the dress the most expensive dress in the world in their Guinness World Record.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not then loaned the dress to Kim for the event but this proved to be a mistake.
Bob Mackie Responds To Kim Kardashian
While Twitter users debated whether it was right for Kim Kardashian to wear Monroe’s outfit and possibly disrupting Monroe’s peace, the designer was upset that the starlet wore his design to the MET.
Previously, Mackie told Entertainment Weekly that he was neither amused nor impressed by Kim wearing that specific dress he made.
“I thought it was a big mistake. [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,” said Bob Mackie.
Mackie then continued and said that while some of the Kardashians are beautiful, they’re nowhere near Monroe’s level and the Kardashians are just famous for being famous.
“You know, they made a lot of money, so I guess there’s something to say about that. A couple of them really have copied Cher’s clothes just line for line, beat for beat, which is interesting. It’s like, whatever. I did those [designs] so many years ago that I don’t worry about them being copied or anything. It’s kind of a compliment, really,” the designer added.
Mackie said that he doesn’t mind all those Cher dresses being copied in the past but to wear that one Monroe dress is a big no-no.
The Dress Is Now Damaged
Today, photos of Monroe’s gown have surfaced online, and it is allegedly ruined as a result of Kim’s time at the MET when she wore the gown.
Some of the hand-stitched crystals were missing from the before images, and the zip holding the garment together was severely damaged.
Interestingly, Kim had said in the past that she was upset because the dress initially did not fit her body.
She was even more upset after Ripley’s Believe It or Not did not give her permission to alter the dress because… duh. It’s preserved and is considered a cultural landmark for the fashion industry.
Why someone would want to alter a dress that was not made for them is still mind-boggling.
Because she was obsessed with Monroe, Kimberly publicly revealed that she had to lose 7KG to fit into the original dress.
Again, if the dress wasn’t made for you just let it go.
Kim reportedly only wore the original Monroe dress for 5 minutes at the beginning of the MET Gala and then switched to a replica of the dress because the original dress was too fragile.
Before Kim got her hands on the dress, the dress was locked away in a vault and preserved at 68 degrees Fahrenheit with 40-50% humidity.
After only 5 minutes of wearing it, Kim had unknowingly caused permanent damage to the historic dress.
To the late Marilyn Monroe, we are so sorry.