Following the uproar over Kim Kardashian donning a historic Marilyn Monroe gown for the 2022 Met Gala earlier this week, she revealed in a tweet on Friday that she had donned another starlet’s dresses in her hotel room that night.
Kardashian posted a photo of herself in a sequined green dress she described as Monroe’s “Norman Norell dress” that she wore to the Golden Globes in 1962 when she received the Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite.
Kardashian included a photo of Monroe in the dress with actor Rock Hudson.
HuffPost could not immediately confirm that it was Monroe’s real dress. Kardashian appeared to wear the dress differently from Monroe, with dress straps in alternate positions.
It was a nervous message after the controversy that erupted when Kardashian showed up at the Met Gala in the hand-beaded Jean Louis dress that Monroe wore when she sang a super sexy version of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President to John F. Kennedy. in 1962.
Several observers were appalled that Kardashian risked damaging the iconic 60-year-old dress. Monroe had been the only person to ever wear the dress.
Textile restorers and fashion curators were particularly unhappy.
“It pushes back what is considered professional treatment for historical costume,” Sarah Scaturro, chief conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art and former conservator at the Met’s Costume Institute, told the Los Angeles Times.
“My concern is that colleagues in historical costume collections will now be pressured by important people to let them wear [historic] clothes,” she added.
“We just don’t carry archived historical pieces,” said Cara Varnell, a longtime freelance art restorer who specializes in historical clothing.
Something that’s “archived means it has enough cultural significance that we appreciate it and want to save it,” Varnell added. “The dress represents something very important — it is part of our collective cultural heritage. I’m speechless on this.
Kardashian insisted she only wore the dress to the gala for “a few minutes.” She also didn’t put on her typical body makeup that night to protect the dress, she told Vogue.
The reality star said she first tried on the dress at her Californian home in Calabasas after it was flown there by private plane. The dress is normally kept at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando, Florida museum.
On gala night, Kardashian donned the historic dress in a small room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with the help of a conservationist from Ripley’s, she said.
After walking up the stairs at the Met, she changed into Monroe’s dress and put on a replica, she said.
“I’m extremely respectful of the dress and what it means to American history,” Kardashian said. “I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or risk damaging it.”
Kardashian said she “discovered” the second Monroe dress during her “quest” to find the dress she wore to the gala, she tweeted.
In what seemed like an olive branch of sorts for critics, Kardashian tweeted on Friday that “it will forever be one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to channel my inner Marilyn this wayon such a special night.