Marilyn Monroe Collection Official Statement in Response to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Kim Kardashian Statements as to Marilyn Monroe’s JFK Dress Damage

Videos and photos tell the accurate and truthful story about the damage to Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress. A screenshot from a video posted by Ripley’s, filmed during Kim Kardashian’s April 21 fitting in Orlando (below left), compared with a photo of the back of the dress, taken by ChadMichael Morrisette (below right), on June 12 — 52 days later — verifies that there are several crystals missing from the back of the dress.

Before-and-after photos also show significant tearing and stress to the seams.


Add to that the video shot by Darrell Rooney showing the tear to the right shoulder, together with footage shot by Inside Edition showing a very tattered and frayed kick pleat. None of this damage was evident when the gown was sold to Ripley’s in 2016, nor was it ever pointed out prior to the two fittings and/or being worn by Kim Kardashian on May 2 at the Met Gala. And, to be clear, Kardashian wore the dress at least three times, which has been verified.

“After receiving Kardashian’s request to wear the dress a couple of months ago, we had to make some decisions as far as whether or not we were willing to let Kim borrow the dress,” Joiner said. “We did two different fittings with her. The first one was in L.A. in April and then the second one later in April to see whether or not the dress would fit. The biggest challenge that we had is that we really wanted to make sure that we kept the integrity of the dress and the preservation, because it’s 60 years old, and we feel that it’s such an iconic piece of fashion, both from a historical perspective, but also from a pop culture perspective.”

Source: The Daily Beast Interview with Amanda Joiner, Vice President of Licensing and Publishing at Ripley Entertainment, May 3

Video footage of Kim Kardashian’s red carpet walk at the Met Gala lasts for approximately eight minutes from beginning to end. All one has to do is watch the videos of the April 2 fitting, posted by Ripley’s and TMZ (She Just Couldn’t Zip it Up, Problems Squeezing Into Marilyn Dress), to see how the garment was actually treated during the fittings. Quite simply, all of these videos and images verify the real story.