But squeezing her famous curves into the historic frock was no easy feat, as the 41-year-old reality star revealed she forced herself to lose 16lbs in just three weeks in order to make it fit.
It had already been rumored that Kim would be wearing the famed outfit, which Marilyn wore when she sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, causing quite the scandal at the time.
Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe moment! Reality star transforms into a blonde bombshell in iconic ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’ dress from 1962… as she arrives with beau Pete Davidson at the Met Gala
Meanwhile, SNL funnyman Pete, 28, looked dapper in a classic black suit, skinny tie, designer shades, and finally ditched the Vans sneakers for a pair of smart shoes. The comedian also ensured he was looking his best on the red carpet by prepping his skin with products from Olehenriksen – including the brand’s Banana Bright Sun-Kissed Self Tanner and Makeup Primer to achieve a red carpet glow.
Marilyn’s glittering beaded gown was designed by Jean Louis, and has been on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, FL, after they bought it from Julien’s Auction for $4.81million.
‘This is Marilyn Monroe’s dress. It’s sixty years old,’ Kim told LaLa Anthony on the red carpet. ‘I had this idea to put it on and try it on. They came with armed guards and gloves. I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I had to lose 16lbs.’
Iconic: Kim Kardashian transformed into Marilyn Monroe for the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday; as she arrived in the late star’s $5 million gown she wore in 1962 (right) to wish President John F. Kennedy a happy birthday
Marilyn: Marilyn reportedly paid $1,440 for the custom piece and in 1999, her estate sold it at an auction for over one million dollars, per Vogue; Marilyn seen during the historic moment on May 19, 1962
‘I was determined to fit into it. I did it. I dyed my hair blonde. I haven’t eaten carbs and sugar in three weeks.’
It was also revealed that Kim only wore the dress for a matter of minutes, as she changed into a replica of the dress once she had walked the red carpet, to make sure it wasn’t damaged inside the Met Gala party.
Marilyn – who died at 36 from a drug overdose in 1962 – is said to have paid $1,440 for the custom piece to the designer, and it holds the record for the for the most expensive dress sold at an auction, making it one of the most expensive dresses in the world.
Legend has it that the garment was so tight, Marilyn had to be sewn into the dress prior to her performance for the President.
Kim had the same struggle when she discovered the dress didn’t fit her, and began to cry when she learned that the dress could not be altered.
The ex-wife of Kanye West told Vogue how she went on a ruthlessly strict diet deadline in order to slim down and wear the dress to the Met.
All the rumors are true! It had already been leaked that the 41-year-old Hulu reality star would be wearing classic outfit, which Marilyn wore when she famously sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy in 1962
Iconic: Marilyn is said to have paid $1,440 for the custom piece to the designer, and it holds the record for the for the most expensive dress sold at an auction, making it one of the most expensive dresses in the world
‘I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein,’ she told the outlet. ‘I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict.’
Marilyn’s unique hourglass figure and exact measurements have been debated for decades, but one dress maker claimed she was 5’5″ tall, with a 35″ bust, 22″ waist, and 35″ hips. Her bra size was said to be 36D.
Kim once said of her own measurements: ‘I am a size 27 jeans… My measurements are 38, 26, 39. But remember I am 5’2″ and 1/2 and everyone carries their weight in different places.’
Disciplined: Kim admitted that she went without sugar and carbs for three weeks in order to fit into the dress
Backless: A rear view showed off the other side to the historical ensemble as she posed with Pete
Blonde bombshell: Kim and Pete arrived in classic style at the 2022 Met Gala on Monday evening
Attentive: SNL star Pete acted like the perfect gentleman as he stood beside his girlfriend
Kim is said to have left her hotel on Monday covered up in a dressing gown, and had barricades set up outside of her hotel to make sure no one saw the outfit before her red carpet appearance.
When she got to the Met Gala, there was a secret dressing room set up for her near the steps where a conservationist from Ripley’s met her to help fit the dress, who was wearing special gloves.
Kim even said that she didn’t wear any body makeup, as she usually would do at such an event, in order to preserve the dress.
Not quite their debut: The loved up couple got their red carpet practice in over the weekend after attending the White House Correspondents Dinner together in Washington, D.C.
The real deal: Kim and Pete are continuing to prove that this is more than just a passing fling, and the Met Gala now marks their second red carpet event
New look: Kim also showed off her platinum blonde hair at the event, which took 14 hours according to the star
‘I’m extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history,’ she told Vogue. ‘I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or have any risk of any damage to it.’
It was also revealed that once Kim climbed the steps at the Met, she then changed into a replica of the dress, that is also owned by Ripley’s, so she could enjoy the evening without worrying about getting the garment damaged.
The Kardashians star said she had to practice walking up the stairs in preparation for wearing it at the benefit.
Classic Hollywood: Pete and Kim looked like old movie stars as they attended the ‘gilded glamour’ dress coded event
In a wide-ranging interview, Kim noted that the idea to wear the dress came to her in September last year.
‘I thought to myself, what would I have done for the American theme if it had not been the Balenciaga look?
‘What’s the most American thing you can think of? And that’s Marilyn Monroe,’ she added.
Keeping the surprise under wraps, despite the fact it was already rumoured to be her choice of outfit, sister Kourtney Kardashian let slip earlier that Kim got ready in a ‘secret dressing room’ ahead of the event.
Her Marilyn moment! Kim attempted her best Monroe pout as she blew kisses at the cameras
No time waist! Kim said she had just three weeks in order slim down and squeeze her famous curves into the dress
PDA alert: Pete also gave Kim a sweet kiss once they were further inside the event
Glam: The Hulu reality star put a lot of effort into her Met Gala look, dropping 16lbs in three weeks
Not quite Kravis: While the couple kissed on the red carpet, they did not go any further than a sweet peck
She also revealed that it took her 14 hours to bleach her hair for the occasion.
Talking about the translucent look of the dress, that is embellished with over six thousand crystals, Kim said: ‘Nowadays everyone wears sheer dresses, but back then that was not the case.’
She added: ‘In a sense, it’s the original naked dress. That’s why it was so shocking.’
Grateful: Kim took to her Instagram to thank Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for the opportunity to wear the dress
Behind the scenes: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! shared footage of the reality star trying on the dress for the first time
Tight fit: At one point, handlers are seen trying to get the dress over Kim’s famous curves
Delicate: Kim revealed that the dress came with armed guards, and a representative from the museum
Stunning: The star revealed the finish look on her Instagram account
‘Marilyn looked amazing and accomplished exactly what she intended to. Fox Studios would not let her wear anything too revealing in films, because of the previous nude calendar scandal.’
‘And she didn’t really care, because she had already been fired. Her figure was at its peak, the dress was a classic shape of fashion at the time.’
Kim’s appearance was certainly a refreshing change from last year’s event, where she wore a one-of-a-kind blackout Balenciaga gown that completely obscured her face.
That look divided opinion at the time, with some slamming it as ‘distasteful’ and comparing the outfit to a burka.
It’s not the first time Kim has gone blonde, after revealing in 2018 that she bleached her hair as a wedding anniversary ‘gift’ to her ex-husband Kanye West back in 2018.
A family affair: Pete and Kim posed up with Kardashian family matriarch and her boyfriend Corey Gamble
Fun night: The group spent time posing with each other before the event officially started
‘Kanye’s favorite is blonde, so I did it for our anniversary,’ she said at the time.
She also previously bleached it three times in three weeks in 2015 for an appearance at Paris Fashion Week, and was spotted some time later with her battered locks looking frazzled as a result.
It has been a busy weekend for the mother-of-four, who took boyfriend Pete as her guest to the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend, making it their red carpet debut as a couple.
Interesting looks: Kim’s siblings Kylie Jenner (left) and Kendall Jenner (right) made quirky appearances on the night
And the bride wore… a baseball cap: Kylie’s outfit certainly shocked fans upon arrival
Dramatic: Kendall certainly made an entrance in her long flowing black gown
Kravis come through: Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker couldn’t resist a snogging session at the prestigious event
Golden girl: Khloe Kardashian also sizzled in a dazzling evening dress while posing at the event
They looked stylish together as they arrived at that event on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, is considered by many as the ‘Super Bowl of celebrity red carpets.’
Fashion’s biggest night is traditionally held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute in New York City, with last year’s event moved to September due to the pandemic.
Their own iconic moment: Kim and Pete wowed the fashion crowds on Monday evening with their outfit choices
She killed it: Kim dazzled in her dress as she posed with Pete by her side
Star appeal: Both Kim and Pete took a moment to pose separately as they oozed old school Hollywood Glamour at the event
Making Marilyn proud: Kim blew kisses to the crowd on her way into the event
Rocking the red carpet: Kim shimmered in her dress on her way up the stairs to the event on Monday afternoon
This year’s dress code is ‘gilded glamour’ to match the theme of ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion,’ a continuation of last year’s ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.’
Tickets for the glitzy event can reportedly cost up to $35,000 apiece, while prices for a table range from $200,000 to $300,000, with last year’s bash raking in a whopping $16.4 million for the Met’s Costume Institute.
Regina King, power couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are hosting this time, taking over from Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.
This will be Miranda’s first time as a Met Gala co-chair (and guest) but he was originally intended to co-host the 2020 edition before the pandemic forced its cancellation.
And that’s how it’s done: Kim was arguably the biggest talking point of the 2022 Met Gala
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is once again supervising the benefit as chairwoman, a position she’s held since 1995. Her fellow honorary co-chairs are designer Tom Ford and Instagram head Adam Mosseri.
As usual, the sartorial theme comes from the exhibit the gala launches: ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion,’ which is the second of star curator Andrew Bolton’s two-part show exploring the roots of American style.
This exhibit will showcase some lesser-known designers, and also some top film directors, including Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, host King, and last year’s Oscar winner Chloé Zhao.
Ready to go home: Kim told Vogue that she was looking forward to getting back to her hotel room and eating pizza after slimming down for the big event
Swift exit: Pete was seen escorting Kim out of the event and are believed to have gone back to their hotel
Home: The couple returned to their hotel at the Ritz Carlton in New York City
Happy: Kim smiled as she posed for pictures while on her back to her hotel
Dapper: Pete looked smart in a suit as he escorted his girlfriend back to their hotel
Bolton said eight directors will create what he called ‘cinematic vignettes’ in the period rooms of the American Wing of the museum.
Similar to the September event, there will be 400 guests this year, lower than the pre-pandemic highs of 500-600 attendees.
The other four are Ford, the celebrated fashion designer who’s also an acclaimed film director, Janicza Bravo (Zola), Julie Dash (Daughters Of The Dust) and Autumn de Wilde (who directed the Jane Austen adaptation Emma. and is also a photographer).
Fun night: Kim is pictured above in what is believed to be a replica of the Marilyn Monroe dress, after changing out of the original outfit earlier in the night
The first part of the exhibition will remain on display in the rooms of the Anna Wintour Costume Center, along with the second part, until September 5.
More than half the pieces in the opening exhibition will be rotated out and garments from designers not yet featured will go on display.
The Met Gala is a huge money-maker for the museum, and provides the Costume Institute with its main source of funding.
KIM KARDASHIAN’S MET GALA LOOKS OVER THE YEARS
Kim Kardashian has made some fairly dramatic statements at the annual Met Gala in New York City over the years.
During her first year at the splashy, star-studded event she had on a tight floral dress that made the most of her very pregnant belly. Later she would be seen in a gold column dress, a silver suit that made her look like a robot, a see-through lace wonder and a dress that came in so tight she had to wear a waist trainer for weeks beforehand.
Last year the star, 41, covered her face with black cloth in a shocking move as she shared she had a full face of makeup on underneath for some reason.
Here is a look back at the eight looks The Kardashians star has tried out during the most important night in fashion.
2013 – GIVENCHY
Her first time at the Met Gala was for PUNK: Chaos to Couture in 2013. She was pregnant with North and wore a floral print dress from Givenchy.
The California native said that she was not invited but rather was West’s plus one. Sadly, after the gala she ‘cried’ because she was so insecure about everything, she had said.
‘2103 Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. I was Kanye’s plus one & so nervous! I didn’t know anyone & I’m sure no one wanted me there lol. I did my own lipstick & the color is so off. I went home & cried after of insecurity but this is one of my fave looks now,’ said the TV vet.
2013 – GIVENCHY
2014 – LANVIN
In 2014, Kim had on a blue strapless Lanvin outfit as Kanye had on black. The theme was Charles James: Beyond Fashion.
She said it was the first time she had been invited on her own.
‘My dress was originally made of this amazing leather with metallic detailing,’ Kim said earlier. ‘But we decided at the last minute to redo it in blue satin.’
2014 – LANVIN
2015 – ROBERTO CAVALLI
She wore a very sheer and sexy lace and net gown by Roberto Cavalli for the May 2015 event. Her hair was slicked back and she modeled huge earrings.
And the star posed with husband Kanye West who went with a black suit and boots.
The theme was celebrating China: Through the Looking Glass.
2015 – ROBERTO CAVALLI
2016 – BALMAIN
Kardashian tried out silver at the Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology in 2016.
She wore Balmain, a shimmery silver dress that looked like a futuristic gown with a slit up the side. Husband Kanye West was in the same designer.
She said: ‘2016 Olivier Rousteing for Balmain. I was back to insecure this year because I hadn’t lost all of my baby weight. Big mistake to bleach the brows but Kanye looked so good this year with those blue eyes! It was super controversial that he wore denim.’
Earlier she had noted: ‘I thought Balmain was the perfect choice for me and Kanye, especially. I think Kanye’s look is a little bit more downplayed with the denim mixed with all the Balmain bling.’
2016 – BALMAIN
2017 – VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
This one in 2017 was celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between.
The Selfish author had on a white Vivienne Westwood off-the-shoulder dress with no jewelry and strappy heels.
In the bus ride to the event she had to stand up so the dress would not wrinkle and she said she was already sweating and had to use the bathroom because she was so nervous.
The daughter of Kris Jenner said, ‘2017 Vivienne Westwood. This was my first year going solo. I was so nervous to go by myself I almost threw up on the way & I had to pee every second.. I was FaceTiming my sisters to meet up at the top of the stairs. Vivienne made me this beautiful dress from her archive.’
2017 – VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
2018 – VERSACE
Kim Kardashian attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala in 2018.
She said this gold mesh Versace dress fit her like a ‘glove.’
Kardashian added, ‘I knew exactly what I wanted and was most confident this year. 90’s, chainmail, sexy and simple.’
2018 – VERSACE
2019 – THIERRY MUGLER
Kardashian was in a wet look for Camp: Notes on Fashion in 2019.
She had to wear a waist trainer to get her midsection as small as possible to pull off this Thierry Mugler dress.
The look was supposed to be ‘wet’ which is why she had crystals that looked like raindrops coming off of her. Her hair also looked wet as she had oiled skin.
2019 – THIERRY MUGLER
2021 – BALENCIAGA
Kim shocked fans when she wore a head to toe black look that covered her famous face.
Later the red carpet fixture said that she was fully made up under that face sock which seemed like a lot of effort for no payoff.
Turns out, it was not her favorite move.
‘I fought against it. I was like, I don’t know how I could wear the mask. Why would I want to cover my face?’ she told Vogue this year.
‘But Demna [Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s creative director] and the team were like, “This is a costume gala. This is not a Vanity Fair party where everyone looks beautiful. There’s a theme and you have to wear the mask. That is the look.”‘
2021 – BALENCIAGA
2021 – Sister Kendall Jenner, left, stole the show in GIVENCHY