The origins of Kim Kardashian’s iconic Marilyn Monroe outfit at the 2022 Met Gala

The origins of Kim Kardashian’s iconic Marilyn Monroe outfit at the 2022 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian has said that it was an honor to attend the prestigious occasion wearing the classic outfit.

In New Delhi: It should come as no surprise that one of the most talked-about ensembles from the Met Gala 2022 has a connection to Marilyn Monroe given that the event’s theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.” After all, the illustrious actress is one of the most recognizable figures in American pop culture history, and her opulent attire continues to serve as an inspiration to countless designers and fashion enthusiasts around the globe. Therefore, the world paused to look on Monday as Kim Kardashian entered the Met Gala red carpet wearing the identical dress that Marilyn Monroe had worn six decades before.

The clothing in question is anything but average since, unlike very few others, it is deeply ingrained in both popular memory and American history. It was the attire Marilyn Monroe wore when she decided to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, making history in the process.

This is how the story goes, according to a statement by Julien’s Auctions: President John F. Kennedy celebrated his early 45th birthday in front of more than 15,000 people on Saturday, May 19, 1962, at a Democratic fundraiser at Madison Square Garden. The great Marilyn Monroe was present at the occasion that would go down in history.

Marilyn Monroe appeared at the benefit wearing a garment that was largely concealed by a court of white ermine fur. However, as soon as she entered the stage, she removed the coat, displaying her own Jean Louis creation in its place. The backless, flesh-colored, body-hugging dress was modeled after a drawing by Bob Mackie. Thousands of hand-stitched crystals on the ensemble ensured that Marilyn Monroe was the center of attention in addition to her famed beauty. According to People, Marilyn Monroe had to be stitched into the garment before her appearance because it was so tight.

When she got everyone’s attention, Marilyn Monroe started singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in her signature sexy voice. Additionally, she had penned the song’s lyrics. The song and performance became a defining event in American history and received extensive news coverage, cementing the dress’ place in the nation’s history of fashion.

Given that Marilyn Monroe made this one of her final public appearances and passed away three months later, the garment has additional special importance.

The costume was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not for $4.81 million in 2016 at an auction held by Julien’s. Around $1,440 was spent on the custom gown by Marilyn Monroe in 1962.

In a special Instagram post, Kim Kardashian said it was an honor to be allowed to wear the outfit the superstar previously preferred. She added, “I am very honored to be wearing the historic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing ‘Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy,'” beside a photo of herself in the garment. It is a gorgeous, skin-tight gown that costumier Jean Louis has embellished with more than 6,000 hand-stitched gems.

“Thank you Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” the Kardashians star continued. for giving me the chance to unveil this stirring piece of fashion history, which the late Marilyn Monroe wore, for the first time. I will always be appreciative of this occasion.

The reality personality had to lose weight before the fittings fit into the garment because they could not be altered in any manner. Also helpful were the exercises and diet. Kim Kardashian said to Vogue that the garment “exactly” fit her when she initially tried it on. She wore gloves to test on the original dress when it was delivered on a private jet to her house in Calabasas, California.

Along with her boyfriend, Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, Kim Kardashian attended the occasion.

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