Fashion experts were surprised that Kim Kardashian rented Marilyn Monroe’s dress

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo by Cindiode / MG22 / Getty

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo by Cindiode / MG22 / Getty

On monday night Golden glamor theme MET Gala, Kim Kardashian (And Pete Davidson of Paramore) raided the red carpet and told the story of the most talked-about night. Kardashian has arrived Marilyn MonroeOriginal, notorious “Happy birthday, presidentA dress, an almost transparent gown that adheres to the skin she wore to serenade her rumored lover John F. Kennedy in 1962.

In an interview When trendKardashian explained she rented a dress Ripleys Billy Buit or Not Museum Orlando acquired the work from the Julien’s Auction in 2016 for $ 4.8 million. The dress was originally sketched by Bob Mackie and then designed by Genrei and is the most expensive. Have been sold at auction.. In a press release, Ripley’s described the dress as “very heavy.” Over 6,000 crystals decorate the dress, and the garment weighs about 6 pounds.

In the aftermath of the gala, anger began to rise among the fashion archivist community: some conservationists of fragile clothing, including the former restorer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, went to the point where Cardassian pulled. Expressing anger at the original gown removed from storage and worn can damage clothing.

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“When I was the director of the Costume Institute’s Conservator-restoring Institute, I had to wipe out requests from people (including Anna Wintour) to wear irreplaceable objects in the collection for models and celebrities. I didn’t, “writes the conservationist Sarascaturo. Instagram caption..

A representative of the Metropolitan Museum of Art said the museum had no comments. The Daily Beast contacted Scaturro, Condé Nast and Wintour for comment.

Scaturro’s criticism was reposted by Marjolein Koek, the textile preserver of the Rijksmuseum, and Madelief Hohé, the fashion curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (The Daily Beast asked Koek and Hohé for comment.)

“In my opinion, [Kim wearing the dress] It wasn’t a good idea. ” Fashion historian Keren Ben-Horin told The Daily Beast. “It raises many questions about ethics. Sarah raises the very important point that this is one of the kind of historic garments that must not leave the museum. For conservators, the dress is the original. Even before taking action to bring them back to, they have a lot to think about. Because they are part of the integrity of the dress, sweat stains may remain. “

As Kardashian’s requirement to wear a Monroe gown is met, Scaturro is encouraged by other “fancy and powerful rich men” to pressure them to rent “similarly irreplaceable” outfits. He said it was likely.

The Restoration switched her Instagram after The Daily Beast contacted Scaturro for comment. Account settings In private.

“Wearing historic clothes hurt it,” Scaturro continued in her caption. “The end. The 60-year-old decorated silk dress has its problems and weaknesses. And Kim certainly wears products, lotions, creams, perfumes, body makeup, etc., but they all do it. I will hurt you further. “

“When such a dress gets on your body, you can sweat and make up,” Benhorin said. “When Kim Kardashian was climbing the stairs, she found it very difficult to take a big step. The dress could easily get dirty or torn, and she took the dress from the museum. I think it was an unethical choice to make. “

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“I’ve never seen that comment on Instagram [Scaturro] Amanda Joiner, vice president of licensing and publishing for Ripley Entertainment, told The Daily Beast. “I felt this was a way to bring something very symbolic 60 years ago to a new generation.”

On Tuesday, The Daily Beast arrived by phone with Joiner, who oversaw the Kardashian Marilyn Met Gala project, while sitting with a “1 ton of security” in a Monroe dress in a Manhattan sprinter van.

After receiving a request to wear a Kardashian dress a few months ago, “I had to make some decisions about whether to let Kim rent a dress,” Joiner said. “We did two different fittings with her. The first was in LA in April and then in the second half of April there was a second to see if the dress would fit. The biggest challenge we had was to ensure that the dress was kept complete and preserved, because it was 60 years old and, from a historical point of view, such a symbol. I feel it’s a fashion style. From the perspective of pop culture. “

No one but Marilyn Monroe had ever worn a dress, Joiner said, so allowing Kardashian to look for a spin required a lot of preparation.

“We basically had a lot of conversations with Kim and her team and set a lot of requirements regarding security and dress handling,” Joiner said. “The dress was never Kim alone. It was always with the representative of Ripley. We always felt the danger of the dress tearing or feeling uncomfortable with something. I’ve made it possible to say that I’m not going to continue this. “

When Kardashian tries on a dress, Ripley’s is usually stored in a dark and humid place. Temperature controlled safe, She found that Monroe’s custom-made look didn’t fit. Kardashian decided to make it work Crash DiteAnd claimed she had dropped £ 16 in three weeks.

The strict measures to protect the dress could not be changed, but it was not the only one.Kardashian on the night of Gala Gloved conservationist From Ripley’s, and immediately before she changed clothes, she wore the dress only while she appeared on the red carpet. For the rest of the night she wore a replica, 3 on hand Total in case she needs them.

“I have a great deal of respect for dresses and what that means for American history,” Kardashian said. Said trend.. “I never sit, eat or damage. I don’t do the usual body make-up. Everything needs to be done at a special time and I have to practice climbing the stairs. It didn’t become. “

It’s a common practice for celebrities to wear Ambiguous archive couture Clothes or Vintage gown I attended the red carpet event and the stakes at the Met Gala were particularly high as Monroe’s dresses are definitely famous.

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“The fabric is very thin and the stones are personally hand-sewn on the dress,” Joiner said. Joiner and her team flew on a private plane sent by Kardashian to transport the dress from Orlando’s Ripley’s to Calabasas for fitting.

“When we transport a dress, the dress is always in the shape of that dress,” Joiner said. (Dress form is essentially Mannequin with only torso There are no heads or limbs. ) “The dress foam is specially fitted for the dress, and the fabric in the fit foam is specially prepared to maintain the quality of the archive. The box also contains archival paper and also in the cargo part. No. It will fly with us. “

Ripley’s then returns the dress to Orlando’s vault until Memorial Day Weekend, which will be on display at Ripley’s Hollywood. Ripley’s responsibility to protect the dress, even if all possible precautions are taken, but Benhorin believes he has neglected it.

“When a dress enters a museum collection, it’s just as you wouldn’t let it. [Kardashian] Leave Mona Lisa, I think it’s the same, “Benhorin said. “I can’t expect people to understand the issue of preservation, but I think it’s the museum’s own role to set very clear guidelines and ethical codes on how the work leaves the museum.”

In other words, even if Kardashian’s desire to respect the dress and its historical value was truly genuine, her vision should never have been allowed to come true.

“We all have the illusion of wearing something in the museum,” Benhorin said. “That’s why fashion exhibitions are so successful. But you can’t. It’s up to the museum to educate people about why it can’t.”

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