Kim Kardashian accused of "irreparably damaging" Marilyn Monroe's dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala

A collector and admirer of actress Marilyn Monroe on Wednesday criticized the company that owns a famous dress of the former Hollywood star for allowing the reality show star Kim Kardashian to wear and “irreparably damage” that costume design at the gala evening organized at in early May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, informs AFP.

To support her claims, Scott Fortner, a collector who owns a site entirely dedicated to actress Marilyn Monroe, posted photos this week of that crystal-adorned cream dress that the Hollywood star wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” by John F. Kennedy in 1962.

The first series of images shows, according to her, the famous dress of Marilyn Monroe as she was before the Gala Met 2022. The photos in the second series were taken by a friend of Scott Fortner on Sunday, in the window of the private museum Ripley’s Hollywood, after Kim Kardashian wore that dress.

Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images

Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
Kim Kardashian, accused of “irreparably damaging” Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore to the 2022 Met Gala. Photo source: Profimedia Images
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The comparative images seem to show small tears of the textile material around the back zipper and several missing or other crystals that are barely held in a single thread in the back of the dress.

Those images and the alleged damage caused to the dress, bought at auction by the Ripley Museum for a record amount of 4.8 million dollars, have provoked numerous criticisms on social networks in recent days.

In an update posted on his Instagram account on Wednesday, Scott Fortner said that “his (reproaches) were aimed at the Ripley’s Museum, which allowed the dress to be worn.”

“Any star who was offered to wear this item of clothing would have taken the opportunity (…) Kim K. was simply the one who was able to do this,” he continued.

“Ripley’s had a duty to protect and preserve this historic item, but they did not. The dress is now irreparably damaged and would have been damaged by anyone who wore it,” the collector added.

Museum officials declined to comment.

In early May, representatives of the Ripley’s Museum were delighted that the dress, which was never worn before the death of actress Marilyn Monroe, was entrusted to star Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala.

“Great efforts have been made to preserve this piece of history. With the help of fashion conservatives, experts, archivists and insurers, we have made the condition of the dress our main priority. (at rehearsal sessions, no.) before attending the gala, “museum officials said in a statement.

Kim Kardashian, who kept a draconian regime in order to be able to wear this legendary dress, has not reacted yet due to the controversy that appeared on social networks.

Editor: VM

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