Kim Kardashian may have permanently damaged Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress at Met Gala 2022

Kim Kardashian may have permanently damaged Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress at Met Gala 2022

She followed a strict diet and workout routine in order to fit into the dress for the red carpet.

Kim Kardashian was at the Met Gala 2022 wearing Marilyn Monroe's renowned dress which she wore when serenading President John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962. While some people were stunned and appreciated the reality TV star for displaying a piece of history, most people warned that there was no way that move would not have a negative impact on something so significant in fashion history. 

And they were not wrong as Kim may have done irreversible damage to the dress, reports God Daily Dot. The Marilyn Monroe Collection published before and after photographs of the actress's dress on Instagram on Monday. The "before" photograph shows the dress in outstanding shape despite its age, however, the "after" photograph reveals extensive damage.

Photographs taken recently by Scott Fortner, a collector who works to authenticate and verify Monroe memorabilia, appeared to show stretched and buckled fabric as well as missing crystals on the back of the dress, per The Guardian. They wrote in the caption, "Just in case you missed it… Missing crystals, and some left hanging by a thread." 

The post also contains an earlier press release by the dress owners Ripley’s Hollywood that stated, "Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history. With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority." They added, "No alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!⁠"


Kim wore the $4.8 million crystal-covered nude silk gown to the event in early May. She wore a white fur stole as an accessory because she couldn't zip up the back. She realized her expectation that the gown would slide on was optimistic during a fitting more than a month before the event. She said, "When it didn’t fit me I wanted to cry because it can’t be altered at all."

She then embarked on an aggressive weight-loss regimen in order to get into the garment, which included a vegetable-centric diet, a lot of treadmill time, and wearing a sauna suit twice a day. She commented on the process, "It was such a challenge. It was like a role, I was determined to fit it." Kim's show was criticized by medical specialists, and her obviously obsessive urge to wear a dead woman's dress was also ridiculed.



In reaction to the photographs, photographer and costume designer Sarah McGonagall began a lengthy thread regarding fashion preservation. She wrote, "This is like walking into the Louvre and throwing paint thinner directly onto the Mona Lisa. Fashion preservation is so important. This was the destruction of an irreplaceable historical artifact, all for a walk down a red carpet."

She added, "Museums have a strict code of ethics that they have to adhere to with the artifacts. They will not allow any use that risks the item’s integrity. But because Ripley’s is privately owned, they don’t have to follow these rules, and that’s how unfortunate things like this happen."

McGonagall also stressed the fact that this did not happen because of Kim, she wrote, "You don’t have to bodyshame Kim to express disappointment about this happening. The dress would have been damaged no matter who wore it. Distress happens just by the fabric being handled or hung, that’s why clothing conservation is such a delicate craft."

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris & marilynmonroecollection/Instagram

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