Marilyn Monroe’s iconic 1962 gown has been “completely altered” after Kim Kardashian wore it to the Met Gala in May, losing its “magical moment”, a costume presentation expert said.
Kardashian and the dress’s owner, Ripley, believe it or not, have been under fire after recently surfaced photos revealed alleged damage to the dress.
Monroe wore the dress — which featured 2,500 rhinestones on a nude fabric — to President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday celebration, where she sang the famous “Happy Birthday” chant.
Chad Michael Morrisette, a visual artist who often helps handle and display clothing, said he recently discovered the damage during a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Los Angeles.
He later shared the pictures he found with the Marilyn-Monroe Collection.
“I know the dress very well, I’ve seen it many times, I’ve photographed it many times, and I have a lot of photographic evidence of the difference now,” Monroe fan Maurice told HuffPost.
He said the dress was designed to fit snugly against Monroe’s body.
According to the expert, the skirt’s patches and panels had been pulled to the point of “blistering, tearing” and “tattering.”
There were also some missing crystal beads, he said.
He said he was curious why Met Gala co-chair Anna Wintour and others in attendance allowed Kardashian to wear the dress, which he said was the most expensive in the world.
HuffPost reached out to Kardashian, the Met Gala and Ripley’s for comment.
Back in 2016, Morissette said he curated an exhibition for Julian Auctions featuring thousands of Monroe’s personal items — including this dress.
He said he staged and created “a museum” for people in 2016 to see the history of the “Some Like It Hot” actor.
“I got to show this dress to the public and respect it, respect it, be in awe of it,” Morissette said.