Kim Kardashian Damaging Marilyn Monroe Dress Accusations ‘Completely False’, Source Claims
Kim Kardashian has not reportedly caused damage to the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress.
This is the latest claim made by a source close to the reality star, according to Geo News. It all comes after allegations about her causing “permanent damage” to one of the world’s most expensive dresses made headlines earlier this week.
As argued, the accusations against Kardashian are “completely false.” It is also stated that they are “not accurate,” although no official explanation has been said yet to address the issue.
The SKIMS founder and the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum have also yet to make statements since the controversy began.
It all seemingly began after ChadMichael Morrissette, a visual artist who curates museum and costume exhibits, observed “irreparable damage” to the dress when he saw it on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Sunday.
He took photos of the piece and shared it with Scott Fortner, a Monroe memorabilia collector who reposted the images on Instagram during the same day, according to USA Today.
As noted, the photos reportedly show the conditions of the Marilyn Monroe dress before and after Kim Kardashian wore it for the Met Gala 2022 earlier in May.
Allegedly, the reality star’s decision to wear the item resulted in the damages.
Morrissette claims that the garment now has “damaged zipper, shredded fabric by its hooks, stress on its shoulder straps, and is missing beads and sequins.”
The publication shared that the artist previously handled the iconic dress when he displayed it for Julien’s Auctions in 2016. It was when and where Ripley’s purchased it for $4.8 million.
On Monday, Pop Culture posted the same photos on social media, according to Page Six.
One of the images reportedly features “signs of stretched fabric and missing crystals” on the dress. They are said to be most apparent around the piece’s back closure.
The post has since received more than 305,400 likes and over 7,300 comments. Many netizens reportedly expressed their disappointments, with some criticizing both Kim Kardashian and Ripley’s.
One individual reportedly commented, “Leave it to Kim to destroy a historical piece of art.”
Another is said to have echoed the general sentiments in the comment section, saying, “Kim [Kardashian] should've never worn that dress to begin with,” adding that the garment “was a timeless and iconic artifact that’s been ruined.”
Meanwhile, a different Twitter user reportedly wrote, “Congratulations to the Met Gala for showcasing a real-life example of why a conservation department like the Costume Institute is necessary for historically significant garments.”