When Kim Kardashian began to imagine how she would dress up this year’s Met Gal theme, there was one thing she wanted: “What is the most American thing that you could think of?” And when she stepped onto the red carpet on Monday night with platinum blonde hair and a dazzling 60-year-old crystal-covered dress, she revealed her answer: Marilyn Monroe.
In embracing this year’s theme of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” Kardashian wore the exact dress that Monroe did when she sang “Happy Birthday” to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday in 1962. Monroe’s iconic dress, originally bought for an estimated $1,440, was sold for $4.8. million at an auction in 2016 and is currently maintained by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, according to Vogue.
The gown is now valued at more than $10 million, according to Ripley’s.
“I am so honored,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. “…It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, thank you! I am grateful to Ripley’s Believe It or Not for the chance to present this piece of fashion history, which is the first time it has been worn since Marilyn Monroe. This moment will be a part of my life forever. “
But getting the dress – and making sure it would work for the red carpet – was no easy feat, Kardashian told Vogue. The multi-million dollar dress has not been worn by anyone since Monroe and is kept in a temperature-controlled vault. It cannot be altered so she would have to wear it as it is.
When it was time to go to the ball, the bride had to be fitted in the small room near the Met Gala steps. This allowed for as much time to avoid any mistakes or spillages. A Ripley’s conservationist in white gloves assisted her with the dress at the steps.
” I am extremely respectful of the dress and its significance to American history,” Kardashian stated. Kardashian stated, “I wouldn’t want to sit or eat in this dress or run the risk of it being damaged.” She also said that she won’t wear any of her usual body makeup.
And when she wore the dress to the red carpet it was for only a couple of minutes. She changed into Ripley’s replica dress as soon as she reached the top. According to Vogue the dress was among three Monroe-designed dresses Kardashian wore at the Met.
Ripley’s says on its website that they “strongly feel that this dress is the most famous item of clothing from twentieth century culture.”
” Monroe’s gown has both pop and political significance. According to the website, it tells a story and is full of incredible stories. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The Odditoriums allow guests to experience and see things that they wouldn’t find anywhere else. This dress is a great example of this. “
The dress will be displayed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood beginning Memorial Day weekend.