Its next owner was Martin Zweig, a financier famous for predicting the stock market crash of 1987, and kept in a climate-controlled showcase in his penthouse at the top of the Pierre Hotel. Sir. Zweig died in 2013, and three years later his property contracted with Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, to sell the dress as part of a wider Monroe sale. Estimated to go for around $ 2 million, it eventually sold for $ 4.8 million to Ripley’s Believe It or Not !, which later announced it as “the world’s most expensive dress!“And kept it in a vault in its museum in Orlando, Fla.
So how did Kim Kardashian get it?
She asked! Seriously. As she remembered in one interview with Vogue, pondering the theme of the Met Gala, which was American fashion, she thought: “What is the most American thing you can think of? And that’s Marilyn Monroe. “And for her it was mostly the Marilyn dress. So she went to Ripley’s, and it agreed to let her try it, subject to some strict requirements, some charitable donations, and that she could actually physically get in the dress.
Presumably, both sides understood the advertising power of the combination.
But aren’t Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe quite different body types?
It looks like that, but Ms. Kardashian said she lost 16 pounds to fit into the dress. She still could not zip the hidden zipper up the back, so she draped a white fur chair around herself to hide that the two sides were held together with A tie. Unlike Monroe, Ms. Kardashian wore something resembling Skims under the dress.
So how did she wear the dress while sitting for the dinner part of the Met party?
She did not. She switched to a copy dress as soon as she got up the Met stairs.
Did it have the intended effect?
First, Ms. Kardashian’s entrance in Marilyn’s dress inspired the kind of breathless excitement that accompanies most of what she does, thus connecting Ms. Kardashian forever to her sex symbol celebrity ancestors. (That this particular ancestors got a tragic ending not long after wearing the dress, and that it may therefore have some rather complicated implications, does not seem to have occurred to most.)
Shortly afterwards, however, the setback came: to her extreme weight loss at a time when health and well-being are valued over crash diets, and to the idea that a garment that had come to symbolize a classic moment in political and pop culture history should be carried as a party stunt.