More than six weeks after the Met Gala itself, the never-ending drama that has become known as “Much ado over Kim Kardashian’s choice to borrow Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ outfit for her Met Gala entrance” continues.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the company that owns the dress, denied allegations made on social media that Ms. Kardashian’s appearance in the gown had damaged it by stretching it out of shape around the zipper close and shedding some of the rhinestones. The organisation that owns the dress posted a statement on its website on Thursday denying the claims made on social media.
Ms. Kardashian’s walk into the room wearing the dress “did not, in any way, damage the garment,” according to the statement. The statement went on to note that after Ripley’s had purchased the gown in an auction in 2016, a report on the gown’s condition stated that “a number of the seams are pulled and worn” and “there is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,” among other types of damage.
It is uncertain at this point if this will finally put an end to the debate. In point of fact, the only thing that can be said for definite amongst all of the rumours and urban legends that have developed in relation to the return of the garment is the fact that it has developed into an influential emblem of celebrities both in the past and in the present. Because of this, almost everyone feels as if they should be able to have their opinion heard on the subject. It’s not often that a single outfit can generate such powerful feelings from people.