It's been over one month since Kim Kardashian wore a piece of history on the Met Gala's famous staircase. But now, many have called out the reality TV star for supposedly 'damaging' the 60-year-old relic.
On May 2, Kardashian donned Marilyn Monroe's iconic 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' dress, which was designed by Bob Mackie and was worn by Monroe in 1962, when singing the song to former U.S. president, John F. Kennedy. The dress was then purchased by Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum for a whopping $4.8 million USD.
When Kardashian arrived at the event, she slipped the original gown on at the bottom of the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps, walked up the stairs and once at the top, slipped out of the gown and changed into a replica. The internet has now become convinced that her time in the dress caused irreversible damage.
A series of images circulated on social media showing the back centre fastening of the gown, with what appears to be missing crystals, some hanging by a thread, and frayed fabric around the zipper.
But did she really destroy Monroe's iconic gown? Well, Amanda Joiner, Ripley's VP of Publishing and Licensing, spoke with TMZ to clear the air.
"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," she told the publication.
Ripley's also shared that the damage done to the dress was due to its age and how many exhibits it has travelled to over the years.
"A report written on the dress's condition in early 2017 states, 'a number of the seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given how delicate the material is. There is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,' among other instances of damage," Joiner said.
Naturally, the internet felt there was no better time to add to the discourse with a plethora of downright hilarious memes—some about the damage done to the dress, others asking Kim to not wear other iconic fashion ensembles from pop culture history.
Keen to join in on the laughter? Below, the best memes and Twitter reactions about the claims that Kim damaged Marilyn Monroe's dress.