Monroe’s dress is so delicate that it is kept in a dark, temperature-controlled vault set at 68 degrees and 40 to 50 percent humidity
Reality star Kim Kardashian shone in Marilyn Monroe’s classic Happy Birthday Mr President gown on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet, but it turns out her Marilyn Monroe moment was limited. The original was only worn for a few minutes as Kim posed for photos on the steps with the help of boyfriend Pete Davidson. Kim later turned into a duplicate of Jean Louis’ precious dress.
Kim successfully morphed into the replica with a little help from a white-gloved worker from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, who lent her the look. A separate dressing room, also owned by Ripley’s, was reserved for Kim, 41, to transform into an exact replica of the glittering dress. Ahead of the Met Gala, Kim told Vogue, “I have a great deal of respect for the dress and its importance in American history. I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or risk damaging it, and I won’t wear the kind of body makeup I normally wear.”
Monroe’s dress is so delicate it’s kept in a dark, temperature-controlled vault set at 68 degrees and 40 to 50 percent humidity, and Kardashian is the first person to wear it since she unveiled it in 1962.
Of course, the museum piece was not to be altered, and instead of sleeping in the custom-fit replica, Kim lost 30 pounds in just three weeks to be able to wear the historical dress for a few minutes. “I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, cut out sugar and carbs completely, and eat only the cleanest veggies and protein,” Kim told Vogue. “I didn’t let myself starve, but I was so strict.”
Kim’s effort paid off as she donned and buckled the famous dress again, making her one of the best-dressed stars of the night alongside Blake Lively, Alicia Keys and Janelle Monáe. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the original dress will be featured in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Hollywood location for fans to see.