In case you missed it last night, the annual Met Gala returned to its rightful spot on the first Monday in May after being canceled in 2020 and being held in September in 2021, and although the theme of the red carpet arrivals was supposedly "Gilded Glamour," (referring to the Gilded Age of history, roughly from 1870 to 1900) a lot of the events' celebrity attendees decided to just forgo the theme altogether and wear whatever pleased them.
One of those celebs was infamous reality TV star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian.
Fast-forwarding a few decades in fashion history, Kim K wore the legendary dress Marilyn Monroe (yes, THEE Marilyn Monroe) wore when she publicly sang "Happy Birthday" to then-president John F. Kennedy in 1962.
"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," Kardashian wrote in a post on Instagram prior to her hitting the Met Gala red carpet last night. "It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis."
On loan from the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Vogue reports the garment was acquired for a pretty penny — $4.8 million — at Julien’s Auctions back in 2016.
"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 continued. "I am forever grateful for this moment."
Like any move made by her and her famous family, reactions to Kardashian wearing the precious, sparkly frock to the Met Gala were mixed from fans and viewers, and among the more critical of those opinions was none other than model, trans nightlife icon, and former Club Kid Amanda Lepore, who sharply and succinctly read Kim K for her choice of footwear.
"Such a sacred delicate piece of glamour girl herstory," Lepore, who reportedly wasn't a big fan of Kardashian's platform heels, wrote in her own Instagram post that showed her own moment she had with Monroe's dress while it was on display. And then came her fateful, five-word read: "And she wore a PLEASER?!"
Lepore wasn't the only icon to let her feelings be known about the current state of the Met Gala recently.
Out designer and filmmaker Tom Ford, who was in attendance last night as a co-chair of the fundraising event, had his own thoughts to share too.
"The only thing about the Met that I wish hadn’t happened is that it’s turned into a costume party," he said in a quote from the new book Anna: The Biography that details the life and career of fashion icon and longtime American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Written by Amy Odell, the book was recently excerpted in Time and dives deep into how Wintour has famously hosted the Met Gala for the past three decades.
"That used to just be very chic people wearing beautiful clothes going to an exhibition about the 18th century," Ford continued in his statement, dragging pop icon Katy Perry's famously hilarious chandelier and hamburger outfits from the 2019's camp-themed Met Gala festivities. "You didn’t have to look like the 18th century, you didn’t have to dress like a hamburger, you didn’t have to arrive in a van where you were standing up because you couldn’t sit down because you wore a chandelier."
Getting your looks critiqued by the masses, including fellow celebs, just comes with the territory when you get invited to Met Gala.