The owners of the Marilyn Monroe dress worn by Kim Kardashian at last month’s Met Ball have retaliated against claims that the loan harmed the clothing.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which paid £3.8 million for the dress in 2016, said it was “confident” Kardashian did not harm it. Monroe wore it to sing Happy Birthday to John F Kennedy in 1962.
Following images uploaded on Instagram by a Monroe collector, Scott Fortner, in June 2022 claiming “serious” damage had been inflicted, there was a renewed outcry against the reality TV personality wearing the dress.
The photographs appeared to reveal substantial buckling, ripping, and possibly the loss of some of the dress’s crystals.
According to a statement from Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s VP of publishing and licensing, the condition of the gown remained the same “from the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned.”
The dress was somewhat damaged when Ripley’s bought it at auction in 2016, with “a number of the seams torn and worn” and “puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,” according to Ripley’s.