When Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s classic gown to the 2022 Met Gala, she created quite a sensation… but she did not damage the gown.
A recent photo circulating on social media purports to show the garment before and after Kim K wore it. A representative for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which purchased the outfit for $4.8 million in 2016, is defending Kim.
The representative tells us, “A number of the seams are ripped and worn,” according to an early 2017 report on the dress’s condition. Given the material’s fragility, this is unsurprising. There is puckering at the rear by the hooks and eyes, as well as various signs of wear and tear.”
Clearly, the “before” shot was taken before Ripley’s even got their hands on the item.
According to the spokesman, Ripley’s has been displaying the dress all over the world since it was purchased, putting it at risk of deterioration.
“From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim stepped into the dress, to the top, where it was returned,” says Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s VP of Publishing and Licensing, who was with Kim and the outfit the whole day of The Met.
Marilyn wore the same garment when she sang for President John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962. After being denied permission by Ripley’s, Kim shed 16 pounds in order to fit inside the sculpture.
Kim was also given a strand of Monroe’s hair, and one of the tales accusing her of causing damage to the gown also claimed the hair was phoney… that claim, too, was discredited.
Kim Kardashian has gotten a lot of flak for the supposed damage, but Ripley is letting her detractors know that they can shut up.
A 2017 study on the dress noticed damaged seams and “puckering” at the back, indicating that it was not in ideal shape at the time.
Kardashian “did not, in any way, harm the garment in the brief time it was worn at the Met Gala,” according to the statement. Kardashian wore the gown solely on the Met Gala red carpet and changed into a copy as soon as she arrived.
“The dress was in the same condition it started in from the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top, where it was returned,” Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s vice president of publishing and licencing, who oversaw Kardashian wearing the dress on the day of the gala, said in the statement.
A behind-the-scenes video of Kardashian’s dress fitting, which was published by Ripley’s on May 2 and reappeared on TikTok, shows that the dress was already damaged before Kardashian wore it.
The legendary dress is shown in various shots throughout the video, one of which is a lingering shot of the rear.
Multiple crystals are missing from the gown in the same region as they were lost in Fortner’s pictures. However, more crystals appear to have fallen off in Fortner’s images.
In their statement, Ripley’s also stated that it “understands the hazards” of displaying the dress in its exhibits, implying that additional damage to the clothing may have occurred between Ripley’s acquisition of the dress in 2016 and its present display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood.
According to the statement, Kardashian did not pay Ripley’s to wear the garment, instead of donating to charity on behalf of Ripley’s in Orlando, Florida.
The outfit will be on display at Ripley’s Hollywood store through the fall, according to the company.