Kim Kardashian may have ended an era after Fern Mallis. The New York Fashion Week creator opened up about the reality star’s decision to wear Marilyn Monroes Bob Mackie Dress for the 2022 Met Gala and how she believes the debacle will affect red carpet events in the future.
“I really, really believe this dress should be in a museum,” Mallis, 74, said in a new interview on the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast airing Tuesday, July 19. Mallis added that she believes the historical piece should be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and not Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
The New York native, who served as executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1991 to 2001, shared that “it was weird” to see the one-of-a-kind dress on Kardashian, 41, adding, “It looked.” not so transparent [as before]. It was wrong.”
While Mallis admitted she “don’t know [if the dress] destroyed or sequins fell off,” she said, adding that it was “funny” that the Skims founder “had this piece of fur and was holding it around her butt.” Mallis felt the accessory “means she’s covering something up.”
The fashion guru also questioned why that is Kardashians Star didn’t wear the replica she transformed into after walking the red carpet “all the time.”
“We all know Kim has a big butt, and there’s no way she was as tall as Marilyn,” Mallis added.
Due to all the backlash and allegations of harm, Mallis said celebrities wearing archival clothing could be coming to an end. “Ripley’s has it back … but I think it’s given the kibosh to celebrities who wear historical, relevant clothing that really needs to be preserved,” Mallis said.
Mallis’ interview comes after Kardashian herself claimed she ripped Monroe’s dress.
In conversation with todaywhich aired on June 21, the California native told the hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie: “I respect [Marilyn]. I understand how much this dress means to American history and with that [Met] Since the theme was American, I thought, what’s more American than Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the President of the United States.”
The beauty mogul continued, “It’s been such a process. I came down to the red carpet in a bathrobe and slippers and I put the dress on at the bottom of the carpet, went up the stairs … I had it on for probably three minutes, four minutes, and then I changed at the top of the stairs.”
When Kotb, 57, asked Kardashian to address claims the dress was “ruined,” the Skims founder shook her head and said, “No… Ripley’s.” [and I] worked so well together. There were handlers and gloves that put it on me.”
Early June, collectors Scott Fronter claimed that the dress the late icon wore to serenade then-President John F. Kennedy in 1962 was badly damaged after it was loaned to the Keeping up with the Kardashians Alum for Fashion’s Biggest Night on May 2nd.
In photos taken on June 12, according to Fortner, the dress appeared to have tears in the sleeve, tears at the zipper, and several crystals were missing. The fashion historian also shared alleged images of the dress, taken ahead of Kardashian’s Met Gala performance, that showed the look flawless.
Fortner further addressed concerns surrounding the dress by uploading a video of the design, taken before it was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in 2016 for $4.8 million. “To anyone questioning the actual condition of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress before it was purchased by @RipleysBelieveItOrNot or implying that low-quality photos of the dress were shared to explain the newly discovered damage somehow making it appear worse than it actually is on the dress, that is [a] 4L video I took of the dress when it was on display at @Juliens_Auctions in November 2016,” he said. “Without question, the damage is significant.”
In a statement released on June 16, Ripley’s addressed the controversy, saying, “Kim Kardashian wearing the ‘Happy Birthday’ dress has been the subject of much controversy, but the fact remains that she doesn’t downplay the garment in any way quantity damaged the time it was worn to the Met Gala.”
Ripley’s Vice President of Publishing and Licensing, Amanda Carpenteradded in the memo, “From the bottom of the Met steps where Kim stepped into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started.” The Archives Center further claimed that Joiner was with the dress all day of the Met Gala on May 2 and stayed with the garment as it was transported from Orlando to New York for the big event.
Before Kardashian borrowed the number, she was locked up in a dark, temperature-controlled room at Ripley’s. On the day of the Met Gala, the archive center emphasized that the beauty mogul was not allowed to make any changes to her appearance and after wearing the dress on the Met steps, she turned into a replica.