This dress is a “national treasure”

Some still like it hot — but this look doesn’t bode well for “Marilyn’s legacy” on her 60th death anniversary, so self-proclaimed protectors of her eternal flame.

While many pondered, “How do you even go about it? Buying a dress that Marilyn Monroe wore?” – Some Monroe pundits weren’t happy as Kim Kardashian climbed the steps at Monday’s Met Gala while wearing the Hollywood legend’s most iconic dress.

The reality star and shapewear expert, 41, borrowed the glittery beige dress the goddess wore in 1962 to present President John F. Kennedy from Orlando’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Singing “Happy Birthday”. Museum that previously paid $5 million at auction to snag the famous dress.

Kardashian even forced herself to lose weight to fit the curvaceous figure weak and later transformed into a replica of it to party the night away.

While the aspiring lawyer – along with her boyfriend and “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson – wowed partygoers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last night, many were surprised when she unearthed the 60-year-old dress.

“I’m very disappointed to see this 60-year-old iconic dress being worn in public,” said Michelle Morgan, author of The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, the Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an the post.

“The dress is extremely fragile and was previously stored in temperature controlled conditions, but now here it is, not only worn but in a red carpet environment where anything could have happened to it,” she continued.

Monroe’s dress was inspired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Florida at a Julien’s Auctions event in 2016 for $5 million.
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One critic of the move feared that “sweat, perfume and makeup” might have gotten on the dress, causing “immeasurable damage and stains.”
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"I am very disappointed to see this 60 year old iconic dress being worn in public," said author Michelle Morgan of Kardashian's revelation.
“I’m very disappointed that this iconic 60-year-old dress is being worn in public,” said author Michelle Morgan of Kardashian’s reveal.
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Morgan noted that “sweat, perfume and makeup” may have gotten on the dress, causing “countless amounts of damage and stains.”

However, Kardashian reportedly went to the event without makeup. Additionally, a Ripley’s rep told The Post she had “the utmost respect” for the garment.

“This was not an easy decision for Ripley’s, but Kim Kardashian has continued to show the utmost respect for this occasion and this historic garment,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “From extensive research to guidelines like no body makeup, only wearing the dress for the brief red carpet appearance, and making absolutely no alterations, she became a steward — and contributed to her story.”

Ripley’s also told the Post that the dress actually suffered “no damage.”

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian arrive at the Met Gala for In America: An Anthology of Fashion held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City, New York, USA.  Picture taken May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian arrive at the Met Gala on Monday night.
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Nina Boski, producer of the TV documentaries and podcast Marilyn: Behind the Icon, echoed Morgan’s stance, telling The Post that the Kardashian viral moment was “not a positive memory of the star.”

“I can understand why Kim would want to wear the dress for promotional purposes; However, the dress should only have been worn by one person, and that’s the iconic Marilyn Monroe,” Boski said.

“It doesn’t help Marilyn’s legacy, especially on the 60th anniversary of her death,” she added of the Some Like It Hot star, who died in August 1962 at the age of 36.

Scott Fortner is a Marilyn Monroe historian and collector and also commented on the Skims owner’s Met Gala attire.

“Kim broke the internet [with her look] and it was an opportunity for her and Ripley’s,” Fortner told the Post. “[But] Fans are outraged because it’s one of those things in the Marilyn community that is considered sacred. The dress is quintessential Marilyn Monroe and was worn by her once.”

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The ‘The Seven Year Itch’ actress wore the infamous dress to President John F. Kennedy’s birthday in 1962.
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Fortner was emphatic in stating that wearing the dress — a dress he described as “a national treasure” — should have remained a one-time thing for Monroe himself.

“No one should have worn that dress again,” Fortner said. “It’s hard because [Kardashian] is one of the most influential people in the world.

“If it were up to me, I wouldn’t have allowed it, if only because of the importance of the play in American cultural history. But let me be clear, this has nothing to do with Kim Kardashian,” he added.

“That [Met Gala] Moment raised awareness of Marilyn among a new generation,” Fortner said. “The dress has its own meaning. [Monroe] is a modern day Cleopatra and she will forever have a cultural presence.”

In their statement to The Post, Ripley’s organization also highlighted precautions being taken to protect the dress.

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Kardashian wowed viewers at the 2022 Met Gala with her Marilyn Monroe look.
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“Ripley believe it or not! is a privately owned attraction company aiming to inspire and entertain guests of all ages in unconventional ways. We are very proud to own the ‘Happy Birthday’ dress and are committed to this endeavor consulted with several textile experts and conservators,” added Ripley’s. “While no one was decided for or against Kim wearing the dress, her input helped us create a set of precautions and procedures for the Met Gala correct as no damage occurred at the event last night.”

The spokesperson noted that on Wednesday, May 4, the dress will be returned to “the Ripley’s Vault,” a dark, temperature (68 degrees) and humidity (40-50%) controlled room, where it will remain in its case , mounted on a form covered with acid-free cotton muslin. The shape helps prevent wrinkles and stress on the dress, while the muslin protects it from light, moisture and environmental pollutants.”

The Post has also solicited comments from Kardashian representatives.

Meanwhile, Monroe fans also shared their thoughts on the viral fashion moment on social media.

“I’ve always been a huge Marilyn Monroe fan and I just don’t know what to think of a person/celebrity wearing her clothes, especially such a timeless dress from such an iconic moment in history,” one person wrote on Twitterduring added another, “How did she manage to make such an iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe literally wore look like a fashion nova?” Fascinating.”

“Kim Kardashian wore the right Marilyn Monroe dress and I’m furious,” one complained outraged viewer. “She didn’t deserve to wear the dress of such an icon. She’s a plastic snake and Marilyn was a pure beauty. This is absolutely ridiculous and who allowed this to happen, but I’m very unhappy.”

“Marylin did better cutie,” one commented on Kardashian’s own Instagram page, while another chimed in, “You can’t just leave legends alone can you 🙄?”

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