As it turns out, Kim Kardashian borrowed another look from Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe on the night of the Met Gala. After walking the red carpet in the glittering nude Jean Louis gown that Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK, Kardashian reportedly turned into a replica look to enjoy the exhibition thereby preserving the outfit. But in a May 6 Instagram post, she revealed that this emerald-sequined Norman Norell dress was also sourced for her from Monroe’s archives – this one to wear to parties.
Monroe wore the Norell jersey number, which is owned by Heritage Auctions, to the 1962 Golden Globes, where she received the Henrietta Award for the world’s favorite film. Kardashian and her team seem to have revamped this look, so she can wear it as a crewneck instead of a dumbbell. While Monroe styled the cut with flower-shaped gemstone earrings, Kardashian’s delicate emerald chandelier fell further down her shoulders, and she added a bold diamond ring, plus Monroe’s Golden Globes are currently owned by her artist friend Jeff Leatham.
“It will forever be one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to channel my inner Marilyn this way, on such a special night,” Kardashian wrote on a series of photos on Instagram, including black-and-white images. Monroe at the event.
Even though this dress was a darker shade than the first dress of the night, it was sure to garner a lot of controversy, as Kardashian revealed the extreme regiment she went through to lose weight to fit Monroe’s size. Designer Skims told Vogue about the strict diet she stuck to for the three weeks leading up to the party to fit these vintage pieces, inviting scrutiny for the public’s display of unhealthy weight loss.
“Riverdale” actress Lili Reinhart wrote a strong statement regarding the matter on her Instagram Stories, and although she didn’t mention Kardashian by name, Reinhart has been very open about her struggles with body image and encouraging self-love.
Meanwhile, former Met Costume Institute conservator Sarah Scaturro told the LA Times that she was frustrated with the treatment of historic costumes, explaining, “My concern is that colleagues in historic costume collections will now be pressured by important people to let them wear the costumes. ..”
Even though Kardashian posted a vague message about being “teachable” on Instagram after the reaction, according to E!, she still proudly showcased the moment in a second Monroe dress, giving it a permanent place on her feed.
Ahead, see Monroe debut that Norman Norrell gown for the first time at the Golden Globes 60 years ago.