Showing on “Today” Tuesday, the fact TV icon dismissed media speculation that the gown had been stretched to the purpose of being “ripped” and “tattered,” and was now lacking a few of its rhinestones.
“I confirmed as much as the crimson carpet in a gown and slippers and I put the gown on on the backside of the carpet, went up the steps,” Kardashian recalled. “I in all probability had it on for 3 minutes, 4 minutes, after which I modified proper on the prime of the steps.”
“There have been handlers in gloves that put it on me,” she added.
Elsewhere within the interview, Kardashian mentioned she held deep respect for Monroe, who died in 1962 at age 36, and understood “how a lot this gown means to American historical past.”
Monroe wore the shimmery robe ― fitted with 2,500 rhinestones on sheer, nude-colored material ― to President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday celebration in 1962, the place she crooned a sultry rendition of “Joyful Birthday.”
Kardashian has been hit with a barrage of criticism after borrowing the gown from its present proprietor, the Ripley’s Consider It or Not! museum, for the Met Gala, which she attended with boyfriend Pete Davidson. Amongst these to publicly disapprove of her carrying the gown was designer Bob Mackie, who sketched the unique robe particularly for Monroe.
“No one else must be seen in that gown,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
The backlash started to accentuate final week, after questions concerning the state during which Kardashian returned the gown have been raised by ChadMichael Morrisette, a visible artist who commonly helps deal with and show costumes.
Morrisette, a longtime Monroe fan, mentioned he spotted what he believed to be new injury to the gown on a current go to to Ripley’s Consider It or Not! in Los Angeles. He later shared earlier than and after photographs to help his declare with the Marilyn Monroe Assortment.
“I do know the gown very properly, I’ve seen it many occasions,” he told HuffPost final week. “I’ve photographed it many occasions, I’ve loads of photographic proof of what’s totally different now.”
Nonetheless, Ripley’s Consider It or Not! refuted Morrisette’s observations. Amanda Joiner, the museum’s vice chairman of publishing and licensing, launched a press release final week indicating she was with the gown throughout its transport from Orlando, Florida, the place it was final displayed, and on the day of the gala.
“From the underside of the Met steps, the place Kim obtained into the gown, to the highest the place it was returned, the gown was in the identical situation it began in,” she mentioned.
“Irrespective of which facet of the controversy you might be on, the historic significance of the gown has not been negated, however fairly highlighted,” the statement continued. “A solely new group of younger individuals have now been launched to the legacy of Marilyn Monroe.”