It’s safe to say Kim Kardashian won’t become a “Mackie Doll” anytime soon.
The reality TV personality and businesswoman made huge waves after attending the 2022 Met Gala earlier this month, donning the iconic dress worn by late actress Marilyn Monroe when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Interestingly enough, legendary fashion designer and costumer Bob Mackie worked as an assistant to fellow fashion designer Jean Louis when he designed that dress for Monroe. While promoting the new film series Follow the Thread, Mackie gave his reaction to Kardashian wearing the dress Monroe made famous so many years ago, and he didn't mince words.
“I thought it was a big mistake,” Mackie told Entertainment Weekly. “[Marilyn] 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.”
This isn’t the first time that Mackie has spoken up about how he really feels regarding the Kardashian-Jenner family. Last year, the designer told Page Six that the Kardashians are “just famous for being famous” while talking about how many times the reality TV family has seemingly copied “line for line, beat for beat” Mackie’s looks made for Cher.
And on social media, fans were very divided when it came to seeing Kardashian in this iconic gown worn by Monroe. Some celebrated the fact that The Kardashians star was making this reference and bringing out such an important piece of fashion to the global stage of the Met Gala. In turn, others felt like it was disrespectful to Monroe’s legacy for someone – assumedly anyone – else to wear that dress.
Despite the critics who slammed the reality star for wearing this dress, Kardashian never issued any kind of apology regarding her fashion stunt. Instead, she doubled down on her references by posting a picture of herself wearing another dress made famous by Monroe – this time a Norman Norell design that the actress wore to the Golden Globes in 1962.