Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe's dress

At the Met Gala, the most eagerly awaited party of the year, there were many celebrities sporting extravagant and chic outfits that we will certainly remember. The dress code to follow was The Gilded Glamour. This year, the focus was on gold, a symbol of rebirth, but also of cultural change.

Among the outfits sported, more or less inherent to the theme, American influencer Kim Kardashian certainly hit the nail on the head and certainly did not go unnoticed: she appeared on the red carpet in Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress.


But let's talk a little about the history of this dress, a fitted gown with more than 6,000 crystals that were hand-sewn by costume designer Jean Louis, and designed by Bob Mackie. Let's take a step back in time, back to 1962, to when Marilyn wore the dress on the occasion of then-President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's birthday, and during the event she took the stage singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", a moment that has become part of history.

At the time, there were many rumours about a possible 'acquaintance' between Monroe and Kennedy, but no less poignant was the moment when, our icon of sensuality, took off her fur coat, leaving everyone open-mouthed with the revelation of that nude dress. This definitely marked the birth of the NAKED dress.

This dress made her immortal: in addition to her magnificent body, generous in shape and covered in crystals, we remember her splendid voice.


To replicate this look, however, Kim had to face two challenges: many hours at the hairdresser's to make her hair platinum, like that of the iconic actress, and the toughest challenge was to manage to lose 7 kg to fit into the dress in less than a month, since being a museum piece it could not be altered at all.

Unfortunately, however, a visitor to the Marilyn Monroe Collection, making a comparison between the before and after of the dress, noticed some shortcomings, one can clearly see the absence of some of the crystals that studded the long dress. There are also signs of stretch marks, perhaps it would have been better not to touch a dress with a fabric with over half a century of history.


On the other hand, Bob Mackie had stated: 'I thought it was a big mistake. [Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. And it was made for her. It was designed for her. No one else should be seen in that dress'. Although the designer of the dress was against it, Ripley's allowed the influencer to wear the $4.8 million dress, so wasn't that a big mistake? What do you guys think?

 

 

Sources:
https://www.elle.com/it/moda/street-style/a40282476/kim-kardashian-vestito-marilyn-monroe/
https://www.elle.com/it/moda/street-style/a39889083/kim-kardashian-vestito-met-gala-2022 
https://www.lefotografiechehannofattolastoria.it/2020/storia/happy-birthday-mr-president/
https://it.mashable.com/7488/kim-kardashian-met-gala-2022-marilyn-monroe-abito