Kim Kardashian is accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe’s dress

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Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress appears to have been damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it to the 2022 Met Gala.

Scott Fortner, a Marilyn Monroe historian, 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.

Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress from 1962 appears to have been damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it to the 2022 Met Gala.
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Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress from 1962 appears to have been damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it to the 2022 Met Gala.
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Kardashian wore the dress for a few minutes during her red carpet appearance before changing into a replica that was worn for the rest of the night. Monroe’s dress is currently on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Hollywood, California.

A rep for Kardashian and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The museum did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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ChadMichael Morrisette—who owns 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.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson attend the 2022 Met Gala "In America: A Fashion Anthology."

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson attend the 2022 Met Gala celebrating ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’.
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“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 ever been on sale, including this dress.”

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He continued, “I know that dress, and the damage is so apparent. I left Ripley in tears. I rushed over with my hand over my mouth, holding back the tears, because I couldn’t believe the damage that they let it happen for a publicity stunt.”

In May, Ripley’s took to Instagram to share the steps the company is taking to preserve the iconic dress.

Kim Kardashian said she had to lose 16 pounds to fit in Monroe's dress.

Kim Kardashian said she had to lose 16 pounds to fit in Monroe’s dress.
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“Great care has been taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history,” the account read at the time. “With input from clothing curators, appraisers and archivists, the condition of the garment was the top priority. Believe it or not! no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the carpet red!⁠”

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Kardashian echoed Ripley’s statement, saying she was “respectful” of the dress during her red carpet appearance with boyfriend Pete Davidson.

“I’m extremely respectful of the dress and what it means to American history. I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or run the slightest risk of damaging it and I won’t wear the kind of makeup I usually do,” Kardashian told Vogue at the time. “Everything had to be specifically timed and I had to practice climbing stairs.”

Kim Kardashian broke the internet again after wearing the dress

Kim Kardashian broke the internet again after wearing Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress to the Met Gala.
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On the red carpet, Kardashian shared that she had to lose 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into Monroe’s dress after being unable to fit into the dress on her first attempt.



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