Reality star Kim Kardashian made waves when she donned one of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic dresses. The gown, which Marilyn wore to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to U.S. president John F. Kennedy, was on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, before Kim wore it to the prestigious Met Gala.
But how exactly did Kim land the iconic gown in the first place. Well it turns out, Athlone man Martin Nolan, played a pivotal role in the SKIMS founders Met Gala look.
Martin, who is the co-owner of Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, told the Irish Independent about organising the look, revealing it was Kim who reached out to him.
Saying; “It was Kim Kardashian’s bright idea to try and wear Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress to this year’s Met Gala.”
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“And she contacted us as we are the company that sold the dress for $4.81m in 2016. We contacted Ripley’s, who bought the dress and reassured them that Kim would be extra careful.”
Martin gushed over what a brilliant idea it was for Kim to wear the dress. Explaining; “I think Kim’s choice was brilliant because it was a celebration of American fashion and she worked really hard to make sure that she could fit into that dress and wear it like she did.”
Kim was the first person to don the dress since Marilyn wore it in 1962.
Sharing her excitement, the influencer wrote on Instagram; “I am so honored to be wearing the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis.”
“Thank you Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for giving me the opportunity to debut this evocative piece of fashion history for the first time since the late Marilyn Monroe wore it. I am forever grateful for this moment.”