Marilyn Monroe Dress Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe moment is being unravelled by Bob Mackie.
While chatting to Entertainment Weekly, the 82-year-old costume designer, who designed the late actress’ “Happy Birthday, Mr President” gown, delivered a negative critique of The Kardashians star’s buzzed-about re-wear of the crystal-covered gauze column gown to the Met Gala.
In a tale released Monday on Turner Classic Movies’ new series, Mackie said, “I thought that was a tremendous mistake.”
“[Marilyn] was a divine being. A mad goddess, but a goddess nonetheless. She was incredible. Nobody takes pictures like that. It was also done for her. It was made specifically for her, “He protested. “That clothing should not be seen on anybody else.”
In 1962, the great costume designer created the design for Jean Louis, who made the dress Monroe memorably wore to serenade then-President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday. Monroe died after only three months.
Kardashian, 41, famously shed 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into the gown, which was initially delivered to her via private jet from Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Orlando, Florida, and couldn’t be changed. She just wore the actual gown for a few minutes, taking selfies with it up the Met’s steps before changing into a replica gown (with a bit of help from boyfriend Pete Davidson).
On Met Monday, Kardashian changed into another classic gown from Monroe’s own collection, an emerald sequin Norman Norell gown that the late film queen wore to the Golden Globes in 1962.
Many followers chastised Kardashian for wearing the gown despite her care. Historians have expressed similar thoughts, claiming that Kardashian’s Marilyn moment at the Met Ball insulted the gown’s integrity and irreplaceable heritage.
Kardashian told Vogue that paying respect to Monroe at the Met Gala has been on her mind for a long time. Nothing seemed more all-American for the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” theme than doing so.
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