At first look, the gown Kim Kardashian wore to shut out the 2022 Met Gala crimson carpet would not look notably particular. It lacks the over-the-top silhouettes and dramatic, lengthy trains of earlier years. However once you hear the backstory, it seems to be probably the most excessive, iconic moments within the occasion’s historical past.
As detailed in a chunk written by Chioma Nnadi, who interviewed Kardashian forward of the Met Gala for Vogue, the gown is the one Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Completely happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy on his forty fifth birthday in 1962, simply three months earlier than her passing — not the same fashion, not a duplicate, not a reproduction, however the precise gown.
Designed by then-21-year-old Bob Mackie and made by costume designer Jean-Louis, the enduring look offered for a record-setting almost $5 million at public sale in 2016. It was later acquired by Ripley’s Consider It Or Not Museum, the place it has been maintained in a light-, temperature-and humidity-controlled room since.
Kardashian had the concept to rework herself into Monroe after final yr’s gala in September. As a result of there’s seemingly nothing she and her household cannot leverage their energy to attain, Ripley’s agreed to let her put on Monroe’s gown so long as she saved it pristine and unaltered.
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Together with her equally legendary, however barely bigger, curves, Kardashian determined to shed extra pounds — 16 kilos, she mentioned throughout Vogue‘s livestream — to suit into Monroe’s gown, relatively than put on one thing else. She additionally dyed her hair platinum blonde, which took 14 hours, and had a particular, secret room arrange close to the Met steps, outfitted with a conservationist to assist her change proper earlier than her activate the carpet. She did all of this simply to put on the gown for a couple of minutes, becoming a duplicate after she ascended the steps as a result of she would not be capable to sit or eat within the authentic.
Sheer, figure-hugging and embellished with crystals, the gown is akin to one thing Kardashian would possibly put on for any outdated evening out at Nobu, however in 1962 it was scandalous, eliciting audible gasps when Monroe took off her fur coat to disclose it. As Kim overcame the controversy that made her well-known and labored to infiltrate an trade that beforehand excluded her, many — together with ex-husband and stylist Kanye West — in contrast her to Monroe, who equally struggled to be embraced in additional elite circles earlier than changing into an American icon.
Followers had really speculated that Kardashian would put on this very gown to the Met Gala, together with @kardashian_kolloquium, who detailed its historical past and significance to American vogue within the lead-up to the occasion.
In just a few years, Kardashian has gone from the Met Gala’s persona non grata to following her mother and, for the primary time, all 4 sisters up the steps to shut the crimson carpet. And that she did it on this specific gown — effectively, that is fairly iconic.
Additionally, Pete Davidson was there.
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