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Bob Mackie, designer of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress, says Kim Kardashian wearing the gown to Met Gala was a ‘big mistake’

Bob Mackie, designer of Marilyn Monroe

The 82-year-old costume designer who sketched Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress has said it was “a mistake” that Kim Kardashian was allowed to wear the dress.

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Bob Mackie gave a critical review of Kim rewearing the gown to the Met Gala while speaking to Entertainment Weekly.

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He said: “I thought it was a big mistake.”

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Bob Mackie, designer of Marilyn Monroe

 

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He continued: “[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.”

 

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The legendary costume designer drew the design in 1962 for Jean Louis, who fashioned the dress Monroe famously wore to serenade then-president John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday. Monroe died less than three months later.

 

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Mackie’s comments follow similar sentiments from historians who say that Kardashian’s Marilyn moment at the Met Ball was disrespectful to the integrity of the gown and its priceless history.

 

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Dr. Justine De Young, professor of fashion history at the Fashion Institute of Technology, told People that the look was “irresponsible and unnecessary.”

 

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Dr. Young said: “She can –– and did –– commission a replica which would be indistinguishable from the original. Such an iconic piece of American history should not be put at risk of damage just for an ego-boost and photo-op.”

 

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Monroe historian and collector Scott Fortner also told People that Marilyn wanted the dress to be totally unique to her.

 

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Fortner said: “When Marilyn knew she’d be performing at President John F. Kennedy’s birthday gala she contacted Louis and said, ‘I want you to design a truly historical dress, a dazzling dress that’s one of a kind.’ She asked that it be a dress that, ‘only Marilyn Monroe could wear’.”

 

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He continued: “Marilyn stood nude as the fabric for the dress was literally sculpted to her body to precisely match every curve. The fabric, which is a flesh-colored soufflé gauze imported from France, was layered strategically so she wouldn’t need to wear undergarments.”

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