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What Did Designer Bob Mackie Think about Kim Kardashian Wearing Marilyn Monroe’s Dress?

Stephen Thompson
May 17, 2022
10:45 A.M.
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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is known for making a statement, whether controversial or not. Her entire existence is often talked about, thanks to her history and family. Recently, she came under fire for rocking an iconic piece to the Met Gala. See what Bob Mackie had to say about it.


"The Kardashians" star and former wife to the notable rapper, Kanye West, has earned her relevance in the industry through years of consistency and dedication.

Throughout this time, Kardashian had come under fire following whatever choice she made. However, the woman is a stallion and has never lost her strides at making an impression in the world of fashion.

Kim Kardashian on January 18, 2020 in Pasadena, California | Source: Getty Images


Recently, the beautician, entrepreneur, and TV diva made one of the most stunning moves at the Met Gala.

As expected, many stars were to appear in an eye-catching piece, and in an attempt to make a statement, so did the second Kardashian daughter.



Kim Kardashian's outfit choice was the perfect type of revealing. It showcased her toned arms and back.

She donned the classical naked dress worn by the Hollywood maven, Marilyn Monroe, to sing to President JFK on his 45th birthday in 1962.


Several weeks before the event, Kardashian, who adores the actress, decided that wearing the stone-studded, million-dollar attire was the most American thing to do.

So, she began gearing up for the big moment, to rock the dress in the most attractive way, with her hair dyed blonde, like Monroe's. The dress was originally designed by Jean Louis.


Because of its iconic nature—it had only been worn by the actress; it was treated as a special piece. Guards transported it, and Kardashian had to wear gloves to try it on.

Sadly, it did not fit. But the onscreen star was determined to rock the legendary dress, so she worked at trimming down, which later did the magic on the second attempt of trying the outfit.


When it was time to don the piece to the event, Kardashian treated it with respect. First, she arrived at the venue in a different dress before changing into the gown. However, immediately after the red carpet, she changed into a replica of the outfit. In her words:

"I'm extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history. I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or have any risk of any damage to it and I won't be wearing the kind of body makeup I usually do."



While Kardashian's outfit scored a high mark with the fashion police, including paparazzi and fans, designers like Bob Mackie, who drew the original sketch of the outfit, had his reservations. According to him:

"I thought it was a big mistake. [Marilyn] was 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."


Mackie added that wearing the original piece was costly to the outfit's preservation and integrity as it needed to be in a controlled environment.

However, he maintained that both women could be compared owing to their impacts on the industry. Mackie admitted that they know how to attract attention and that they have both changed the ideal body type for many women.


Despite the criticism, it appears that Kardashian is a lover of Monroe's wardrobe and what she stood for. The socialite admitted that she owned a replica of another Monroe design. This was a green body-hugging sequin dress from Heritage Auctions.

It was an exact copy of the Norman Norell outfit designed for Monroe, who rocked it at the 1962 Golden Globe Awards. But unlike Monroe, Kardashian opted to wear her dress in her private hotel room, where she posed for several shots after the Met Gala ceremony.