Bob Mackie, one of the designers who worked on Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday” dress, isn’t happy about Kim Kardashian wearing the look to the Met Gala.
The designer said Marilyn “was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”
“I thought it was a big mistake.” He clarified.
Monroe’s “Happy Birthday” dress was worn while she sang happy birthday to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
The principal designer of the dress was Jean Louis, who had hired Mackie as an assistant. Ripley’s Believe or Not! loaned the dress to Kim Kardashian for the annual gala.
Mackie is promoting a new series called Follow the Thread. The host Alicia Malone also had some things to say about the controversy.
“There are all the issues with the actual preservation of the dress, and things like oxygen can affect a dress. Usually, these outfits are kept very much in controlled environments, and we see that with the Met. The Costume Institute is so careful about how they are handling these historic items. So, it was quite alarming that she was able to wear it. I personally wish she wore a replica instead of the real thing.”
Malone continued by stating, “Marilyn Monroe was someone who also loved to create sensation, as she did with that naked dress. Also, they are women who have changed the ideal beauty of the moment. Marilyn Monroe, when she came in, her curves became very popular during the 1950s. And we see a lot of young women vying to look like Kim Kardashian. For better or worse, she’s changed the ideal body shape for women.”