When Kim Kardashian decided to wear Marilyn Monroe’s iconic nude dress to the Met Gala earlier this month, she faced a lot of criticism over her choice to take out such a historically significant garment for one night. But perhaps none was formulated with as much clarity as that of Bob Mackyone of the original designers of the dress.
Mackie is the legendary costume designer responsible for drawing the original 1962 dress sketch when he was just 23 years old and worked as an assistant to fashion designer Jean Louis who was responsible for constructing the puffed garment silk, a highly flammable fabric. which gives the dress its nude illusion effect. Asked about the reality TV star’s decision to bring one of her most famous red carpet creations to life, Mackie said Weekly entertainment“I thought it was a big mistake. [Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody shoots like that. And it was made for her. It was designed for her. No one else should be seen in this dress. In fact, the dress wasn’t just designed for Monroe, but was dyed to match her exact skin tone and sewn onto her body before her infamous performance of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” at the Madison. SquareGarden.
Mackie’s thoughts echo the concerns of some historians who have claimed that even the mere act of Kardashian putting the dress on her body was enough to cause damage to its future preservation and structural integrity. TCM Host Alicia Malone also explained to the outlet that “there are all the issues with the actual preservation of the dress and things like oxygen can affect a dress. Usually these outfits are kept in controlled environments and we see that with the Met. The Costume Institute takes great care in how it treats these historical items. So, it was quite alarming that she could wear it. Personally, I wish she was wearing a replica instead of the real thing.
Of course, Mackie’s complaint might have as much to do with the celebrity wearing it as it does with his choice of dress, as he doesn’t seem particularly impressed with the Kardashians as a whole. The famous designer once said page 6 in 2021, “The Kardashians are very attractive and some are downright beautiful, but they’re just famous for being famous. You know, they’ve made a lot of money, so I guess there’s something to be said for that A few of them really copied Cher’s clothes line for line, beat for beat, which is interesting. It’s like, whatever. I made those [designs] it’s been so many years that I don’t care about them being copied or anything. It’s kind of a compliment, really.