Kim Kardashian Wearing Marilyn Monroe's Dress to the Met Gala "Was a Big Mistake"
Bob Mackie, the legendary costume designer who created the renowned 1962 dress Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday, has just given his opinion on Kim Kardashian donning the historic gown at the 2022 Met Gala.
Bob Mackie told Entertainment Weekly in an interview for a feature on Turner Classic Movies' new series Follow the Thread, "I 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."
Alicia Malone, the anchor of Turner Classic Movies, told Entertainment Weekly that the gown's integrity was also a source of worry. "There are all the issues with the actual preservation of the dress and things like oxygen can affect a dress," she said. "Usually, these outfits are kept very much in controlled environments and we see that with the Met. The Costume Institute is so careful about how they are handling these historic items. So, it was quite alarming that she was able to wear it. I personally wish she wore a replica instead of the real thing."
Having said that, Kim's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" gown wasn't the only Marilyn Monroe piece she wore to the Met Gala. The Skims founder stated on Instagram that she did, in fact, slip into another of Marilyn's classic ensembles after the party. "Topping off my night at The Met, I had the distinction of changing into Marilyn Monroe's Norman Norell gown that she wore to the Golden Globes in 1962 —where she got the Henrietta Award For World Film Favorite," the post continued.
At the very least, we can all agree that Kim provided fodder for conversation.