Met Gala 2022: Kim Kardashian wears iconic Marilyn Monroe dress

NEW YORK — Kim Kardashian walked the Met Gala red carpet on Monday in a historic gown once worn by Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe.

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According to The Associated Press, the reality TV star, accompanied by comedian Pete Davidson, arrived at the star-studded event in the decades-old dress popularly known as the “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” gown.

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“I am so honored to be wearing the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy. It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis,” Kardashian, 41, wrote in an Instagram post Monday night.

Kardashian borrowed the piece from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando, Florida, which bought the gown for $4.81 million in 2016, the AP reported. Its original price tag was $12,000.

“Thank you Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for giving me the opportunity to debut this evocative piece of fashion history for the first time since the late Marilyn Monroe wore it,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. “I am forever grateful for this moment.”

When Kardashian first tried on the gown, it didn’t fit, so she went on a strict diet ahead of the New York gala, according to Vogue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.