The designer who sketched the crystal-covered gown worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1962 has made no secret of his feelings towards Kim Kardashian wearing it at the Met Gala earlier this month.
Bob Mackie told Entertainment Weekly that he thought “it was a big mistake”.
“Marilyn was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”
The dress was sketched by Mackie who worked as a sketch artist for Edith Head, the then Paramount costumier. The dress was worn by Monroe when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr President” to John F. Kennedy.
Kardashian wore the dress at the 2022 Met Gala in honour of this year's theme: America’s Gilded Age. CNN reports that the gilded age was a 30-year era in the 19th century when industrialisation increased the country’s wealth gap.
The dress was lent to Kardashian by the museum Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! The museum bought the iconic gown back in 2016 at an auction for $4.8 million. According to the museum’s agreement with Kardashian, she wasn’t allowed to make any adjustments to the dress.
She wore the dress for a few minutes while on the red carpet, after that she changed into a replica for the rest of the event.
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