Bob Mackie the stylist who designed the sketch for the crystal-covered dress that was once worn by Marilyn Monroe, said “it was a big mistake” Kim Kardashian wore the dress at this year’s Met Gala.
Early in his career, Mackie worked as a designer for the costume designer at paramount , Edith Head, and to Jean Louis, who illustrated the tight dress Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”, to John F. Kennedy, in 1962.
“I thought it was a big mistake,” Mackie said during an interview with “Entertainment Weekly,” published this week. “(Marilyn) was a goddess. A mad goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous.”
“Nobody shoots like that. And it was made for her. It was designed for her. No one else should have been seen in that dress,” she added.
CNN reached out to representatives for Mackie and Kardashian for comment.
Kim Kardashian wore the sparkly dress in homage to the 2022 Met Gala’s Golden Age of America, a 30-year era during the 19th century when industrialization widened the country’s wealth gap. She only wore the dress for a few minutes on the red carpet, before turning into a replica for the remainder of the event.
She completed the look with slicked-back blonde hair – possibly a reference to Monroe’s platinum locks – and a white stole.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! lent the dress to Kim, who bought it at auction in 2016 for $4.8 million. No adjustments were allowed to the original dress, according to her agreement with Ripley.
“I’m so honored to be wearing the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy,” Kardashian said in a post posted to her Instagram account at the time.
“Thank you Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for giving me the opportunity to debut this unique piece in fashion history for the first time since Marilyn Monroe wore it. I am eternally grateful for this moment,” she added.
Kim’s decision to wear the dress has drawn criticism from industry bodies including the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
“Historical clothing should not be worn by anyone, public or private figures,” ICOM, an international body of heritage organizations, said in a statement earlier this month.
“While the dress belongs to a private collection, the heritage must be understood as belonging to humanity, regardless of which institution has custody of the property,” added ICOM.
“As museum professionals, we strongly recommend that all museums refrain from borrowing historical clothing for use as they are artifacts of the material culture of their time and must be kept preserved for future generations,” ICOM said.
After working with Head and Louis, Mackie became an internationally acclaimed costume designer whose clientele includes such stars as Cher, Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.
He was nominated for three Academy Awards and won nine Emmys, and was honored with a retrospective at the FIT Museum in 1999 for his contribution to fashion and costume design, according to his website.
Source: CNN Brasil