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Believe it or not from Ripley! refutes the allegations.
Kim Kardashian has caused an uproar on social media after being accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ dress.
“The fact remains that she did not damage the garment in any way during the short time it was worn at the Met Gala,” Ripley’s said on its website.
The website notes that this specific dress has been on display around the world, which puts it at risk of damage.
KIM KARDASHIAN IS ACCUSED OF DAMAGING MARILYN MONROE’S DRESS
“From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim entered the dress, to the top where she was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started out in,” the VP of Publishing and Publications said. Ripley’s licensing, Amanda Joiner, about the dress.
Joiner noted that she was with the iconic dress all day at the 2022 Met Gala and during her transport from Florida to New York.
Kardashian wore the dress for a few minutes during her red carpet appearance before changing into a replica she wore the rest of the night. Monroe’s dress is on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Hollywood.
Scott Fortner, a Marilyn Monroe historian, recently took to Instagram to share before and after images of the Jean Louis dress Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962.
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ChadMichael Morrisette, owner of Oh Mannequin! and helped organize the 2016 auction where Ripley bought the dress for $4.81 million, spoke with People magazine about the current status of the dress.
The “delicate silk blown fabric appears to be missing crystals. It also appears to have several small tears along the zipper seam,” he shared with the outlet. Morrisette mentioned that he visited the exhibit on June 12, 2022 and took photos and videos of the damage.
“I was hired by Julien [in 2016] to exhibit the dress, not just the dress, I exhibited the entire Marilyn Monroe auction,” he told the outlet. “I’ve handled more of her artifacts than anyone in the world. I touched his driver’s license. I touched his high school yearbook. I touched her ID in Korea, when she went to Korea with Joe DiMaggio. I’ve touched everything that’s been on sale, including this dress.
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“I know that dress, and the damage is so apparent. I left Ripley in tears. I ran with my hand over my mouth, holding back the tears, because I couldn’t believe the damage they left perform for a publicity stunt.”
Ripley shared that he will continue to display Monroe’s dress in Los Angeles through the fall of 2022.
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