Historians Complain Kim Kardashian Endangered Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Dress: ‘Putting It at Risk’

Historians Complain Kim Kardashian Endangered Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Dress: ‘Putting It at Risk’

Consultants have weighed in on Kim Kardashian sporting Marilyn Monroe’s gown for the 2022 Met Gala, telling PEOPLE why her wardrobe alternative is regarding.

On Monday, Kardashian, 41, appeared on the annual profit in Marilyn Monroe’s well-known “Completely happy Birthday, Mr. President” gown — the outfit worn by the actress for John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration in 1962 –– which has been on show in Orlando, Florida, at Ripley’s Imagine It or Not!

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Dr. Justine De Younger, professor of style historical past on the Vogue Institute of Know-how, tells PEOPLE that Kardashian’s look was “irresponsible and pointless.”

“She will –– and did –– fee a duplicate which might be indistinguishable from the unique. Such an iconic piece of American historical past shouldn’t be put susceptible to harm only for an ego-boost and photo-op,” Dr. Younger provides.

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Referencing Kardashian’s feedback that she misplaced 16 kilos in three weeks and minimize out sugar and carbs so she may match into the gown, Dr. Younger continues, “Crash-dieting to suit into the unique gown can also be an unlucky message to be sending another in line with beliefs of the Sixties than at the moment.”

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Monroe historian and collector Scott Fortner additionally tells PEOPLE why Kardashian’s look is “trigger for concern.”

“Whereas I perceive the attraction of eager to put on such an iconic robe, it could’t be dismissed or missed that anybody apart from Marilyn Monroe sporting the well-known ‘Completely happy Birthday Mr. President’ gown is likely to be trigger for concern for a number of causes,” says Fortner, including, “The gown was custom-made for Marilyn Monroe. It is not an off-the-rack garment. It was created by Academy Award-winning designer Jean Luis, who had designed costumes for Marilyn’s last two movies: The Misfits and One thing’s Received to Give.”

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Fortner, who has one of many world’s largest non-public collections of Monroe’s private property, says the late actress wished the gown to be one which was distinctive to her. “When Marilyn knew she’d be acting at President John F. Kennedy’s birthday gala she contacted Luis and mentioned, ‘I need you to design a very historic gown, a stunning gown that is considered one of a sort.’ She requested that it’s a gown that, ‘solely Marilyn Monroe may put on,’ ” Fortner tells PEOPLE.

“Marilyn stood nude as the material for the gown was actually sculpted to her physique to exactly match each curve. The material, which is a flesh-colored soufflé gauze imported from France, was layered strategically so she would not have to put on undergarments,” he continues.

Fortner says that Monroe’s gown “match her completely. The robe worn by anybody else won’t be a exact match. On this case, Kim Kardashian’s measurements are considerably totally different than Marilyn’s. It is logically assumed the material and seams had been burdened.”

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Fortner, who witnessed Ripley’s Imagine It or Not! purchase the gown for $4.81 million in 2016, notes that “the age of the robe” can also be an “concern” as Monroe wore it in Could 1962, making the piece 60 years outdated.

He goes on to deal with hypothesis that the Preserving Up with the Kardashians alum did not really match the robe on Monday night time.

“Was it capable of be zipped and closed within the again? The fur she wore on the crimson carpet hid this space and in order that’s an ongoing query. But, there are photographs of her within the robe that present it totally zipped and closed within the again,” Fortner says, noting the sizing modifications within the style trade over the past six a long time. “Probably the most enduring matters about Marilyn Monroe, other than the way through which she died, is her true measurement. What had been her physique measurements? What measurement did she put on? Was she plus-sized?”

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He provides, “A number of years in the past, I wrote an article on the subject and I demonstrated Marilyn’s true measurement utilizing precise clothes from her private on a regular basis wardrobe which I now personal. Sure, she wore a measurement 14 Pucci shirt in 1962. Nevertheless, a 1962 measurement 14 shouldn’t be a 2022 measurement 14 attributable to vainness sizing.”

Fortner concludes, “There are restricted photographs from the Kennedy gala, and solely low high quality, black and white movie footage of Marilyn within the gown. Whereas I would not have authorised anybody sporting Marilyn’s robe had been it a part of my assortment attributable to its worth and total significance, at the least now we have now seen what it appeared like ‘in movement’ when worn by Marilyn.”

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