Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! denied a viral social media claim Thursday that Kim Kardashian damaged the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy when Kardashian wore it to the Met Gala last month.
Ripley’s said a report on the dress’ condition from 2017— shortly after the company acquired it—said that it was in less than perfect condition, stating that “a number of the seams” were “pulled and worn” and “there is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes, among other damage.
Ripley’s said Kardashian did not pay the organization to wear the dress and donated to Orlando-based charities on behalf of the company.
Kardashian only wore the dress outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the red carpet photo op portion of the gala, and changed into a replica for the rest of the evening.
Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s VP of publishing and licensing, who was with the dress while it was being transported from Florida to New York and while Kardashian was wearing it, said the dress’ condition remained unchanged “from the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned.”
“The fact remains that she did not, in any way, damage the garment in the short amount of time it was worn at the Met Gala,” the statement said.