Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Denies Damage To Marilyn Monroe Dress

The historic dress once made for Marilyn Monroe was undamaged at the Met Gala where Kim Kardashian wore it. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, the museum that owns the dress, said so in a statement on its website.

The dress, a thin silk piece studded with crystals, was worn in 1962 by Marilyn Monroe when she sang “Happy Birthday” to US President John F. Kennedy. Last week there was commotion on the internet after pictures came out of the dress with rips at the closure and detached crystals. Whether the photos were indeed taken after Kim Kardashian wore the dress is not certain.

According to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, the damage that can be seen in the photo would also have been present before the gala. Ripley’s bought the dress at an auction in 2016. A condition report was released in 2017 that already lists damage. The statement quotes from the condition report: “A number of seams are loose and worn. This is not surprising given the delicate material. There is wrinkling at the hook-and-eye closure at the back.”

“From the bottom of the stairs at the Met, where Kim put the dress on, to the top, where the dress was returned, the dress remained in the same condition,” said Amanda Joiner, vice president of licensing and publishing at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Joiner followed the dress closely during the entire journey from the museum to the Met Gala, the statement said.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not also emphasizes that Kardashian did not pay the museum to wear the dress – a question that has also been the subject of controversy recently. Instead, Kardashian made “a donation to two charities in the Orlando area on behalf of the museum,” the statement read.

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