A Marilyn Monroe collector has claimed that “permanent damage” has been inflicted by Kim Kardashian on the iconic dress Monroe wore to serenade John F Kennedy on his 45th birthday, shortly before
The actor’s death.Kardashian wore the gown to the Met Gala last month; photographs taken in the last week by Scott Fortner, a collector who works to authenticate and verify Monroe memorabilia
Appeared to show stretched and buckled fabric and missing crystals on the back of the dress.In the photos, posted to Instagram on Monday, rips, stretches and substantial wear and tear can be see
On the dress, which also does seem to be missing some crystals with others “left hanging by a thread”.The post quotes the dress’s owner, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, who at the time claimed
Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history. With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority … no alterations
Were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!”Kardashian donned the $4.8m crystal-covered nude silk gown to walk down the red carpet at the event in earlyMay
She accessorised the garment with a white fur stole as she was unable to do the zipper up at the back.During a fitting more than a month before the gala, Kardashian realised her assumption that
The gown would slip on was optimistic. “When it didn’t fit me I wanted to cry because it can’t be altered at all,” she said.She then undertook an extreme weight-loss regime to try and squeeze into
The dress, which involved a vegetable-centric diet, lots of time on the treadmill & wearing a sauna suit twice a day.It was such a challenge,she said. “It was like a role, I was determined to fit it.
Kardashian’s programme met with criticism from healthcare professionals, while her apparently insatiable desire to wear a dead woman’s dress also went down badly.
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