Kim Kardashian accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe’s dress

Kim Kardashian
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Known to be the world’s most expensive gown, Marilyn Monroe’s ‘naked’ gown worn by Kim Kardashian at Met Gala 2022 is reportedly damaged. The famous Hollywood actress walked the red carpet in the iconic dress with her boyfriend, Pete Davidson. The Marilyn Monroe Collection claims that the 6-year-old dress had missing crystals and loose threads when Kim Kardashian returned it.

Why is the gown special?

The figure-hugging dress was worn by Hollywood siren Marilyn Monroe when she sang ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ to John F Kennedy on May 19, 1962. It is a piece of fashion history that was preserved significantly. The dress was an iconic piece of fashion, both from a historical and a pop culture perspective. The dress has 2,500 sparkling rhinestones on it.

How did it turn out to be the most expensive gown? When Monroe wore it, she paid $1,440 for the outfit. After that, the dress was auctioned for $1,267,500 in 1999, brought by Manhattan-based Gotta Have It! Collectibles. Then, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bought it setting the record for the most expensive dress in history.

The Background Story

Kim Kardashian borrowed this historic skin-colored gown from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Franchise for Met Gala 2022. She wore it on the red carpet on May 2, 2022. The theme of the year was ‘Gilded Glamour’. There was a lot going around media about Kim’s Met Gala look, the dress, and Kim losing weight to fit into the dress. She went on a month-long diet with no sugar and carbs and a strong fitness program.

Kim stated that she was extremely respectful of the dress and what it meant to American history. Also, one needs to know that she wore the dress only for a few minutes on the red carpet. Then she changed it and carried a replica of the same throughout the event. But why did she change into a replica? She said that she respects the dress and she cannot sit in the dress or eat in it. The second and more prominent reason was that she was unable to move freely in the gown. This implies that the gown didn’t fit her well. It was all done by the force to get an outstanding look on the red carpet.

How did they reveal the damage?

The official Instagram page of The Marilyn Monroe Collection posted an image on 14 June showing the loose threads and damage on the dress. They said that the image was shared by Christian Morrisette. After that, there was a series of posts talking about the dress’ Pre-Met Gala condition and Post Met Gala condition.

Since then, there have been numerous posts and articles about the permanent damage caused to the dress by Kim Kardashian. The pictures showed crystals handing out from the dress while some which were not perfectly aligned. The pictures show the damaged shoulder strap of the dress and the bottom of the dress.


Apart from this, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum that loaned the dress to Kim claimed that precautions were taken to prevent any possible damage. A post-Gala statement from Ripley’s representative never mentioned damage occurring to the garment. It was just recently when the pictures started surfacing all around the Internet.

So far, no statements have been made by Kim Kardashian or her team. Amidst all this, Kim is chilled out and continues publicizing her brands on her Instagram account.