Kim Kardashian stunned the Met Gala crowd when she turned up on the carpet in Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress.
But it now appears that the legendary dress didn’t make it through the night in the same shape it started out.
The dress to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, which usually keeps the garment in a dark, humidity and temperature-controlled vault. They acquired the dress from Julien’s Auctions for $4.8 million.
A press release from Ripley’s said,
Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history.
With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority. Believe It or Not! no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!”
Amanda Joiner, vice president of licensing and publishing at Ripley’s said,
We basically had many conversations with Kim and her team and put a lot of requirements in place with security and with the handling of the dress. The dress was never with Kim alone. It was always with a Ripley’s representative.
We always ensured that at any time we felt that the dress was in danger of ripping, or we felt uncomfortable about anything, we always had the ability to be able to say we were going to continue with this.”
An Instagram account for the Scott Fortner Marilyn Monroe Collection, which bills itself as the world’s largest private collection of Monroe’s personal property, shared a photo of the condition of the dress after Kim took it for a spin at the Met.
The garment appears to be missing some of crystals, and others are left hanging by a thread.
(Photo, screen grabs; via The Richest)