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Ripley’s Says Kim Kardashian Actually *Didn’t* Damage the Marilyn Monroe Dress She Wore to the Met Gala

So! Many! Plot! Twists!

ICYMI, the case of the supposedly destroyed Marilyn Monroe dress has seemingly been closed. The verdict? Kim Kardashian is not a ruiner of dresses—at least, not according to Ripley’s.

A refresher: Last week, the internet was once again spiraling over the dress Marilyn famously donned to serenade John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday, which Kim Kardashian controversially wore to the Met Gala in May. Just three days ago, @PopCrave posted side-by-side photos of the dress before and after Kim wore it and essentially claimed the celeb stretched/ripped the fabric and broke off some of the beads.

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Obviously, the photos went viral. “Marilyn” started trending on Twitter, and people were generally upset that a piece of fashion history was potentially damaged, especially since we know the fitting process was a little complicated:


However, earlier today, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum issued a statement announcing the following: “Kim Kardashian wearing the ‘Happy Birthday’ dress has been hotly contested, but the fact remains that she did not, in any way, damage the garment in the short amount of time it was worn at the Met Gala.” Welp, there you have it, folks!

The museum also added an affirmation straight from Amanda Joiner, VP of publishing and licensing: “From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in.” Joiner also said she was “continuously with the dress the day of the Gala and during transport from Orlando to New York.” Plus, we also learn from the statement that Kim did not pay Ripley’s to wear the dress but rather donated to two charities in the greater Orlando area on behalf of the company.

Kim at Ripleys

This declaration aligns with the initial message from the Ripley’s team: “Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history. With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority. Believe It or Not! no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!⁠” reads the original Instagram vid they posted just one day after the Met Gala.

Meanwhile, Kim told Vogue that she was in the dress for only a few minutes total, saying, “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. Everything had to be specifically timed and I had to practice walking up the stairs.”

Another Kardashian case closed.