Celebrities in the same outfits: Who wore it better?
The iconic Marilyn Monroe dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Gala was allegedly damaged as a result
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Stars have to attend so many events it's sometimes hard to keep up with their glam looks. Their stylists work tirelessly to make sure they don't wear the same outfits as anyone else at events, but sometimes it's inevitable. The great thing is most of the time, A-listers overcome the embarrassment and embrace the fact that they all just happen to have really good fashion taste.
And then there's the question of time, and if you wait long enough it's not so much a competition but an homage to a vintage piece that once had its iconic time in the spotlight. That's what Kim Kardashian was going for at the 2022 Met Gala by wearing the same dress Marilyn Monroe donned to serenade President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday in 1962. When Monroe originally peeled off her white fur coat to reveal the sparkling translucent look adorned with over six thousand crystals, it was a shocking moment.
According to Vogue, Monroe reportedly paid Jean-Louis US$1,440 for the custom piece, which was first sold at Christie's auction in 1999 for over a million dollars, then sold for a whopping US$4.8 million at Julien’s Auctions in 2016, and was later acquired by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, who lent it to Kim. To this day, it holds the record for being the most expensive dress sold at auction.
With a legacy that large, not everyone was pleased to see the dress on the reality TV star, particularly including the legendary dress' designer Bob Mackie. The 82-year-old costume designer, who drew the design in 1962 for Jean Louis, told Entertainment Weekly of Kim's rewear, "I thought it was a big mistake," in a story published May 16. "[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," he argued. "Nobody else should be seen in that dress."
And now the controversy continues, with reports that the dress was damaged following Kim K's use, with signs of stretched fabric and missing crystals.
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