Kim Kardashian accused of ruining Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress

(KTLA) – “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” has denied claims that Kim Kardashian damaged Marilyn Monroe’s iconic ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress at the Met Gala after photos were posted online showing multi-million dollar damage to the dress.

“Kim Kardashian’s climb up the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum at this year’s Met Gala caused a stir, but one thing, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! can say with confidence is that it caused no damage to Marilyn Monroe’s famous 1962 ‘Happy Birthday’ dress,” the museum said in a press release.

“Believe it or not from Ripley!” is not the first owner of this dress. It was acquired at a Julien’s Auctions event in 2016 for $4.8 million,” the press release continued. “A report written on the condition of the dress in early 2017 states that ‘a number of seams are pulled and worn.’ This is not surprising considering the fragility of the material. the rear by the hooks and eyes, among other damage cases.'”

Scott Fortner, the owner of one of the late starlet’s largest private collections in the world, claimed the dress was damaged after it appeared at the prestigious event.

“So much to keep ‘the integrity of the dress and preservation,'” he wrote on Instagram. “Ripley’s Believe It or Not, was it worth it?”

Fortner posted various photos from different angles and lighting showing the dress before and after the 2022 Met Ball. In an enlarged photo, he shows where some of the crystals are missing and how some were “left hanging by a thread.” He described the damage as “significant”.

Photos were sent to Fortner by Chad Michael Christian Morrisette on June 12 when he saw the dress on display at Ripley’s Hollywood.

When Kardashian donned the iconic dress for the Met Ball in May, Ripley released a statement that read, “With input from conservationists, appraisers, archivists and insurance, the Ripleys and Kim knew they could make the one-in-a-lifetime opportunity happen. Agreeing that the condition of the garment was the top priority, it was agreed that no alterations should be made to the dress.

In this May 19, 1962, photo provided by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, actress Marilyn Monroe wears the iconic dress she wore while singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Garden. (Cecil Stoughton/White House Photographs, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum via AP)

The Skims owner only wore the dress for the gala red carpet and then immediately changed into a replica for the rest of the event. She is the only one, apart from Monroe, to have worn the set. She received backlash not only for wearing the archival piece, but also for losing 16 pounds in just a few weeks to fit into it in the first place.

Monroe wore the multi-million dollar ensemble on May 19, 1962 to sing then-President John F. Kennedy a breathless version of “Happy Birthday” at his birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden.

Kim Kardashian has not responded to damage claims.


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