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The secrets of Marilyn Monroe’s dress that Kim Kardashian wore

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 again within the limelight.

Kim Kardashian, 41, took the dress for a spin eventually night time’s Met Gala, making her the one particular person apart from Marilyn to ever put on the dress. 

The skin-tight mesh dress, which has greater than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals, was half of the Monroe property till Anna Strasberg enlisted Christie’s to promote it in 1999, in response to the Daily Mail.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Florida purchased the dress at a Julien’s Auctions occasion in 2016 for $4.8 million. After taxes and costs, the dress was valued at over $5 million, making it the “world’s most expensive dress” ever offered at public sale, Ripley’s instructed The Post.

The dazzling robe is now valued at over $10 million.

Kim Kardashian attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating
Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City.
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When Monroe requested costume designer Jean Louis to make a dress for her, she instructed 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.

Bob Mackie drew the unique sketch as his first job out of school. 

The unlined robe made it unimaginable for Monroe to put on undergarments. The nude coloration completely matched her pores and skin tone, with the crystals strategically positioned to cover her up. 

Actress Marilyn Monroe sings
Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden for his forty fifth birthday.
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It’s been reported that the dress was so tight that Monroe was sewn into the dress seconds earlier than her curtain name. Kim Kardashian admitted she went on a food regimen to lose 16 kilos in three weeks as a way to match into the dress for the Met Gala.

The famed dress has stayed preserved at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! till the fact star showed up at their headquarters in Orlando, Florida in late April.

Kardashian, a Monroe fan herself, was set on sporting the traditional dress.

“The idea really came to me after the gala in September last year. I thought to myself, what would I have done for the American theme if it had not been the Balenciaga look? What’s the most American thing you can think of? And that’s Marilyn Monroe,” Kardashian told Vogue.

American actress Marilyn Monroe stands between Robert Kennedy (left) and John F. Kennedy, New York, New York, May 19, 1962.
Marilyn Monroe stands between Robert Kennedy and John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962, at a celebration following a democratic fundraiser at Madison Square Garden honoring JFK’s birthday the place Monroe famously sang “Happy Birthday.”
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Of course, Ripley’s didn’t grant the request with out hesitations. 

Monroe’s efficiency within the dress is one of essentially the most noteworthy moments of her career, so lots has gone into defending the dress and protecting it in its authentic kind. 

Kardashian and the Ripley’s group spoke to garment conservationists, appraisers, archivists and insurance coverage for steerage on how one can make the Met Gala look occur.

It was agreed that no alterations had been to be made to the dress as a way to preserve it in its present situation, which sparked Kardashian’s brow-raising food regimen. 

Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday at the Democratic rally for President John F. Kennedy's birthday.
Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday on the Democratic rally for President John F. Kennedy’s birthday.
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“This is Marilyn Monroe’s dress. It’s sixty years old. I had this idea to put it on and try it on,” Kardashian stated on the purple carpet of the Met.

“They came with armed guards and gloves. I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I had to lose 16 pounds,” she added.

Kardashian additionally dyed her hair platinum blond to channel the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” singer.

“It was like preparing for a role,” Kardashian instructed Vogue visitor host La La Anthony.

Because the robe’s preservation was the utmost precedence, Kardashian solely wore the unique dress for the purple carpet. She later became a duplicate. 

Though the “Happy Birthday” efficiency in 1962 sparked rumors of an affair between Monroe and President Kennedy, the dress itself was the true scandal. Its barely-there kind was “designed to shock” and Monroe “deceived organizers and said she was going to wear a high-necked demure gown,” Ripley’s stated.

Ripley’s Exhibits and Archives group believes this dress is the “most famous item of clothing from twentieth-century culture,” and can function it on show at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood for a restricted time starting Memorial Day weekend.

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