Marilyn Monroe fan accuses Kim Kardashian of damaging iconic dress at Met Gala

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A Marilyn Monroe follower has accused Kim Kardashian of damaging the iconic nude dress the actress wore to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to then-President John F. Kennedy in 1962 when she modeled it at the Met Gala last month.

The Marilyn Monroe Collection has shared photos of the dress allegedly on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on Instagram on Monday, saying he now had “missing crystals” and some were “left hanging by a thread.”

The viral images in question were taken by ChadMichael Morrisette at the museum’s location in Hollywood on June 12, according to historian and collector Scott Fortner’s account.

‘So much for keeping “the integrity of the dress and preservation.” @ripleysbelieveitornot, was it worth it?’ read a caption mocking a statement Ripley posted about the reality star borrowing the dress.

Kim Kardashian, 41, has been accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress after wearing it to the Met Gala last month

The Marilyn Monroe Collection shared photos

The Marilyn Monroe Collection shared photos

The Marilyn Monroe Collection has shared “before and after” photos of the dress on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! show the alleged damage

Kardashian, 41, was loaned the dress by officials at the museum, where the 60-year-old dress has been stored in a temperature-controlled environment since it was bought for a record $5million in 2016 .

“Great care has been taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history,” Ripley said in May.

“With input from garment curators, appraisers and archivists, the condition of the garment was the top priority. Believe it or not! no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!⁠’

Hundreds of fans took to the comments to point out the alleged damage in the “before and after” photos shared by The Marilyn Monroe Collection, although there is no way to confirm the validity of the images.

“So many crystals are missing and those tears,” one person wrote. ‘What a disaster!!’

The viral images in question were allegedly taken by ChadMichael Morrisette at the museum's location in Hollywood on June 12

The viral images in question were allegedly taken by ChadMichael Morrisette at the museum’s location in Hollywood on June 12

The account, which is led by historian and collector Scott Fortner, claimed that the dress had

The account, which is led by historian and collector Scott Fortner, claimed that the dress had

The account, which is led by historian and collector Scott Fortner, claimed the dress had “missing crystals” and some were “left hanging by a thread”.

Images shared by Fortner claim to show the dress with several crystals missing from the back of the design

Images shared by Fortner claim to show the dress with several crystals missing from the back of the design

“Not only the stretch around the zipper, but if you look at the top left side, there are several crystals missing!” another added.

“Damage has been done and it can’t be undone,” someone else said.

‘The fabric is torn. Imagine what could have happened to her if Kim had worn the dress even longer. I am so sad to see this.

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Kardashian and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for comment.

Kardashian was the first person to put on the dress since it was worn by Monroe in 1962. She admitted to losing 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into the dress, but she was still unable to zip it up.

“Great care has been taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history,” Ripley said in May. “With input from garment curators, appraisers and archivists, the condition of the garment was the top priority”

The 60-year-old dress has been stored in a climate-controlled environment since it was bought for a record $5million in 2016

The 60-year-old dress has been stored in a climate-controlled environment since it was bought for a record $5million in 2016

The reality star added a white fur shawl to the look to hide it was open in the back. She only wore the original dress for her red carpet appearance and changed into a replica before heading to the Met Gala.

Speaking to Vogue about her iconic ensemble, the reality star insisted she would never risk ‘damaging’ the dress, so took steps to ensure she had a fallback option before going to the event itself.

“I’m extremely respectful of the dress and what it means to American history,” she said. “I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or risk damaging it, and I won’t be wearing the kind of body makeup I usually do.”

Fortner was among a long list of fashion historians and costume experts who decried the decision to allow the delicate piece to be released from its carefully guarded storage.

“No one should have worn that dress again,” he told the New York Post last month. ‘It’s hard because [Kardashian] is one of the most influential people in the world.

Monroe wore the custom Jean Louis dress to sing

Monroe wore the custom Jean Louis dress to sing “Happy Birthday” to then-President John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962.

Kardashian lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into specially designed dress for Monroe to wear to serenade the president

Kardashian lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into specially designed dress for Monroe to wear to serenade the president

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

Celebrity designer Bob Mackie, 82, also criticized the decision to allow Kardashian to wear the dress at the Met Gala.

He was just 23 when he sketched the original design for the dress while working as an assistant to fashion legend Jean Louis, who created the dress especially for Monroe to wear to serenade President Kennedy. May 19, 1962.

“I thought it was a big mistake,” he told Entertainment Weekly. ‘[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous.

“Nobody shoots like that. And it was made for her. It was designed for her. No one else should be seen in this dress.

Kardashian was the first person to don the dress since it was worn by Monroe in 1962. She briefly styled it on the red carpet before turning into a line.

Kardashian was the first person to don the dress since it was worn by Monroe in 1962. She briefly styled it on the red carpet before turning into a line.

“I tried it and it didn’t work for me, so I looked at them and said, give me about three weeks, and I had to lose 16 pounds, today, to be able to adjust to that,” she said during a red carpet live stream.

Kardashian visited Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum in Hollywood weeks and posed for photos with the dress weeks after wearing it on the red carpet

Kardashian visited Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Hollywood weeks and posed for photos with the dress weeks after wearing it on the red carpet

Kardashian not only came under heavy fire for risking damaging the dress while wearing it, but she was also accused of promoting unhealthy body standards after detailing her extreme weight loss to fit into it.

The star said she cried when she realized she didn’t fit in the dress on a first try, explaining that she kept losing weight just so she could model the dress for a while. few minutes on the red carpet.

“I had this idea to put it on and try it, and they came with armed guards and gloves. I tried it and it didn’t work for me, so I looked at them and said, give me about three weeks, and I had to lose 16 pounds, today, to be able to adjust to this ” she said during a live red carpet.

“It was such a challenge. It was like a role, I was determined to fit it.

Kim later told Vogue she went on a ruthlessly strict diet in order to wear the dress to the Met Gala, admitting she hadn’t eaten “carbs and sugar in three weeks.”

“I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and carbs, and eat only the cleanest vegetables and proteins,” she said. declared. “I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict.”

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