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17th May 2022

Man behind Marilyn Monroe dress says letting Kim Kardashian wear it was a “big mistake”

“Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”

Fashion designer Bob Mackey, the man who created the original sketch for Marilyn Monroe’s iconic Happy Birthday Mr President dress, has said that Kim Kardashian should not have been allowed wear it to the Met Gala.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: “I thought it was a big mistake.

“Marilyn was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous.

“Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”

Several historians have also criticised the reality TV star for wearing the dress over concerns that there may have been damage to its preservation and structural integrity.

Mackey shared these historians worries, saying: “There are all the issues with the actual preservation of the dress and things like oxygen can affect a dress.

“Usually, these outfits are kept very much in controlled environments and we see that with the Met. The Costume Institute is so careful about how they are handling these historic items.

“So, it was quite alarming that she was able to wear it. I personally wish she wore a replica instead of the real thing.”

He continued: “You can draw many parallels between Marilyn Monroe and Kim Kardashian in the way that they’re both very publicity savvy. Of course, this was very much a publicity stunt that worked for Kim Kardashian.”

Kim also faced criticism following the Met Gala for admitting to going on a crash diet to lose a significant amount of weight so she could fit into the garment without it being tailored.

In an interview with Vogue, Kim said she went on a very restrictive diet and exercise regimen, which saw her work out excessively, “cut out” sugar and carbohydrates, and only eat “the cleanest veggies and protein”, for a three week period.

“I didn’t starve myself,” Kim said. “But I was so strict.”