The secrets of Marilyn Monroe’s dress that Kim Kardashian wore to Met Gala 2022
Sixty years after Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” for John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, her iconic nude dress has been put back in the limelight.
Kim Kardashian, 41, took the dress for a spin at last night’s Met Gala, making her the only person besides Marilyn to ever wear the dress.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Florida bought the dress at a Julien’s Auctions event in 2016 for $4.8 million. After taxes and fees, the dress was valued at over $5 million, making it the “world’s most expensive dress” ever sold at auction, Ripley’s told The Post.
The dazzling gown is now valued at over $10 million.
When Monroe asked costume designer Jean Louis to make a dress for her, she told him, “I want you to design a truly historical dress, a dazzling dress that’s one-of-a-kind, a dress that only Marilyn Monroe could wear,” according to Ripley’s.
Kardashian, a Monroe fan herself, was set on wearing the classic dress. It was agreed upon that no alterations were to be made to the dress in order to keep it in its current condition, which sparked Kardashian’s brow-raising diet.
“This is Marilyn Monroe’s dress. It’s sixty years old. I had this idea to put it on and try it on. They came with armed guards and gloves. I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I had to lose 16 pounds."Kim Kardashian"
Because the gown’s preservation was the utmost priority, Kardashian only wore the original dress for the red carpet. She later changed into a replica.
Though the “Happy Birthday” performance in 1962 sparked rumors of an affair between Monroe and President Kennedy, the dress itself was the true scandal. Its barely-there form was “designed to shock” and Monroe “deceived organizers and said she was going to wear a high-necked demure gown,” Ripley’s said.