written by Megan Sea Hills, CNN
As the red carpet at the Met Gala drew to a close on Monday night, Kim Kardashian arrived late in her sparkling, sheathed sheath gown by Marilyn Monroe. Adorned with more 6000 hand-stitched crystals
Monroe famously wore it when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
While certainly charming, Kardashian opted for a somewhat loose interpretation of the evening’s theme that centered around America’s Golden Age — a period during the last 30 years of the 19th century when industrialization rapidly widened the country’s wealth gap.
Created by Hollywood designer Jean Louis 60 years ago, with the help of Bob Mackie, the shimmering dress is one of Monroe’s most iconic looks. It was loaned to Kardashian by Ripley’s Believe it or Not! , a concession to the Museum and Events bought the dress for He broke the record 4.8 million dollars
at auction 2016.
Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala last night in Marilyn Monroe dress. credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Speaking after Monroe’s rousing performance on his 45th birthday, Kennedy said, “I can now retire from politics after you sang me ‘Happy Birthday’ on such a Sweet and healthy way
The moment sparked rumors about the nature of Monroe and Kennedy’s relationship.
Part of the myth surrounding Monroe’s dress is that she had to sewn into a figure-hugging gown and Can’t wear underwear
under it. She was so cramped, she apparently had trouble walking during her 1962 performance. Kardashian had similar difficulties on the Fashion Institute red carpet where she was seen carefully navigating the stairs with the help of her boyfriend Pete Davidson. As per her agreement with Ripley’s, no modifications
The dress was allowed to be worn although it was later turned into a replica for the rest of the event.
Actress Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, to mark his upcoming 45th birthday. credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Kardashian told Vogue that she lost 16 pounds in just three weeks to fit the clothes: “It was so challenging, it was like the role. I was so determined to fit in. I don’t think they thought I would, but I did.”
While her appearance was greeted with cheers at night and plenty of positive feedback, some social media users criticized Kardashian for dazzling her with weight loss, a topic she previously brought up. drawing anger
In the past. One user described her rapid weight change as “extremely unhealthy”, while another encouraged her to “consider the impact of what she says,” adding that discussing excessive weight loss is “harmful.” Another added that she felt “her message is very detrimental to watching young girls”.
Speaking about this year’s Met Gala dress, Kardashian tweeted that “Honoring
“Being the first person to wear the dress since Monroe wore it decades ago, saying, ‘I am forever grateful for this moment.
The reality star tweeted: “You really Marilyn of our time
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