Following allegations that Kim Kardashian damaged an iconic Marilyn Monroe dress by wearing it on the Met Gala red carpet, New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis says the iconic garment was in a museum in the first place. have to stand.
“The problem with the Marilyn/Kim episode is that the dress was at Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” Mallis told Vidak For Congress exclusively at a party for fashion brand Alice & Olivia. “The dress deserved to be in a museum where no one could wear and touch it. It is truly an iconic piece of art and American history.”
Monroe wore Jean Louis’ dress while singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Ripley’s bought it in 2016 for $4.8 million.
Monroe historian Scott Fortner posted images of the dress, reportedly before and after Kardashian wore it, which appear to show missing crystals and tears in the delicate fabric.
Kardashian, who says she’s lost 16 pounds in three weeks wearing the dress, only wore it for the event’s red carpet before turning into a replica.
But Mallis notes, “She could have carried the knock-off from the start and no one would have cared. It would have spread the message.”
On Thursday, Ripley’s responded to claims that Kardashian had damaged the garment, saying a 2017 report on the condition of the dress says “some seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given the fragility of the material. There is some wrinkling.” at the back at the snags.”
Ripley’s VP of Publishing and Licensing told TMZ, “the dress was in the same condition it started out in.”
Mallis says she hopes Kardashian hasn’t started a trend of celebrities paying big bucks to wear historical pieces.
“There is now enough creativity to wear the great designers at work today,” she tells us.
Mallis, herself a fashion historian, has just released a new book through Rizzoli, “Fashion Icons 2,” which features interviews with Valentino, Bethann Hardison, Arthur Elgort, Victoria Beckham, Leonard Lauder and the legendary Bob Mackie.
Mackie, who drew the original sketch for the Monroe dress, weighed in on Kardashian wearing the piece last month, saying, “It was done for [Monroe]† It was designed for her. No one else should be seen in that dress.”