The Designer Of Marilyn Monroe’s Dress Brands Kim Kardashian’s Met Look A ‘Mistake’

'It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress.'

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Remember the dress Kim Kardashian at the beginning of the month? Of course you do. There were headlines for days and days about the dress Kim wore, which was first worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday, Mr President to John F Kennedy in 1962. Many were outraged that Kim had lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into the dress (and that she admitted it{ =nofollow}) and others, including fashion conversationists, were up in arms that Kim was wearing an iconic dress which was designed specifically for the late actress. (Kim quickly changed into a replica after walking down the red carpet.)

Well, those headlines aren't going anywhere anytime soon - as now Bob Mackie, the designer who originally sketched the dress for Marilyn, has spoken out. And he's also not too happy that Kim decided to wear it on fashion's biggest night. (The designer, now 82, designed the dress when he was 23, not originally knowing what Marilyn was going to wear it for.)

'I thought it was a big mistake,' the designer said, speaking to EW. '[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress.'

But Kim hasn't let the criticism immediately stop her. She wore another of Marilyn's iconic gowns straight after the ball, sharing pictures in her hotel room in a green glittering dress on Instagram. 'To top off my night after The Met, I had the honour of changing into Marilyn Monroe’s Norman Norell dress that she wore to the Golden Globes in 1962 - where she received the Henrietta Award For World Film Favourite,' she said.

Somehow, we doubt the criticism from Bob Mackie is going to stop Kim's love for Marilyn.

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