Kim Kardashian pulled from Marilyn Monroe’s fashion archive for her Met Gala debut with boyfriend Pete Davidson last night (May 2.)
All eyes were on Kardashian, 41, and Davidson, 28, as they stepped out together as the last to arrive at the 2022 Met Gala red carpet. Kardashian borrowed one of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic gowns — the “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress — which has been on display in Orlando, Florida, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Kim wrote on Instagram, “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. It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis.”
“I had this idea to try it on and then they came with armed guards and gloves,” Kardashian told Vogue correspondent La La Anthony on the red carpet, adding that she struggled with getting into the dress. “I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I said, ‘Give me three weeks.’ I had to lose 16 pounds down today.”
“It was such a challenge. It was like a [movie] role. I was determined to fit it,” the SKIMS founder continued. “I haven’t had carbs or sugar in about three weeks. We’re having pizza and donut party back at the hotel.”
Per People, the dress, designed by French designer Jean Louis, was reportedly so tight Monroe had to be sewn into it prior to her very sexy performance for President Kennedy on May 19, 1962 at a Madison Square Garden fundraiser, just three months before she died. Ripley’s purchased the dress in November 2016 for a whopping $4.81 million, making it one of the most expensive dresses in the world; the dress originally cost $12,000.
2022 Met Gala: Ranking Best and Worst Looks
The theater producer really brought the drama with this horrifying look. From head to toe, Jordan Roth made sure every aspect of his ensemble would terrify the masses.
Well, uh, this is one way to get noticed at the Met. Actress Jessie Buckley sported a comically-drawn mustache to pull her look together.
Amy Schumer looks like a hungover sleuth with her trench coat dress and black shades.
Anna Wintour's daughter-in-law showed up looking very basic, trying to make a gown decorated with bows work... which it - sadly - didn't.
Autumn de Wilde is very much giving Mary Poppins vibes with this sparkling Supernanny-looking dress and bow.
Not only does this coral color wash Awkwafina out, but the cut of the gown does not flatter her in the slightest.
We are not loving this combination of the bubble gum pink and dark feathers combo the 'Emily In Paris' actress wore to the event.
SJP mixed the Queen of Hearts with punk in this very busy ensemble and we've got to say, we don't like this mess.
Kourtney's ensemble is just plain ugly in so many ways. The loose cuffs on her cropped white dress shirt completely swallow her figure up top, while her clashing cream skirt looks like shapewear that wasn't supposed to be seen.
The host is beautiful, but the ensemble is chaotic. The cutouts take away from what would have been a gorgeous gown.
The film executive's hip area is quite... eye-catching. His ensemble is weirdly entrancing and we can't tell if we hate it or love it.
The gorgeous actress wore a clashing red and pink gown at the event, which would have stunned had she stuck with one color.
Evan Mock is giving us 'Bridgerton' meets Manhattan in this pastel yellow number.
Shawn Mendes evoked his inner Gaston from 'Beauty and the Beast' with this Tommy Hilfiger pea coat.
If it weren't for her showing some midriff, Chloë Grace Moretz could easily be mistaken for a senior citizen with her jacket and trousers.
Though we love the plaid cape addition to his suit, Stromae's choice of hairstyle doesn't match the aesthetic.
The 'Zola' director is edgy in an unconventional suit paired with golden details.
Julianne Moore's classic white ensemble is taken to a higher level with her voluminous hairdo.
Phoebe Bridgers kept it simple with a body-hugging shimmering dress and a dark, bold lip.
Priscilla Presley looks like rockstar royalty in this simple satin gown.
With a face like that, Austin Butler could be wearing nothing but an adult diaper and we'd be drooling.
Along with everyone else, we thought self-proclaimed fashion addict Fredrik Robertsson was Jared Leto! His look reminds us of a biblically accurate depiction of an angel, and we are both terrified and mesmerized.
The new owner of Twitter had fun with the photographers at the Met Gala. He gets extra points because we don't want him messing with our algorithm.
Future wore dress shorts and a very elaborate face mask, and it somehow works! We're loving the leg tattoos being shown off.
Hollywood's Tin Man, Cole Sprouse wore head to toe silver, down to his shoes.
The 'Riverdale' actress mixed Old Hollywood with new age in this gorgeous golden gown.
The actor looks like he will be mistaken for the help all night long. But if people are giving him their empty glasses, at least he looks crisp!
The host never fails to serve a look. Elegant and sexy in black mesh with intricate lace detailing, down to the hands.
It is always a joy to see what Anderson .Paak will wear. Though we wouldn't have paired that blue undershirt with his outfit, he makes it work with his charismatic personality.
We are loving Leslie Odom Jr.'s headpiece and cropped tux.
We love when a man wears a suit that is unexpected and the actor's wide-leg velvet trousers are so chic!
The actor's pants crotch is incredibly long, but somehow works with his entire look! Cheers to trying something very different and executing it well.
Being a model and daughter of the legendary Cindy Crawford really gives you a leg up, but Kaia's wild curls and intricately cutout gown are undeniably stunning.
We love a stunning couple at the Met Gala. Adren looks dapper in his tux, while girlfriend and Havey Weinstein's ex-wife wore a beautiful red layered gown.
Nicki Minaj looks fantastic in leather pants and a feathered, skirted top.
Dakota Johnson's robe is very much, "I woke up like this and I'm still more fabulous than all of you."
Bella Hadid rocked leather and lace with her corset and skirt combo.
The actress embodied the gold memo, matching her dress to her locks.
Tommy Dorfman making a statement on the red carpet this edgy shiny leather gown, outfitted with black gloves.
We couldn't have predicted the Winter Soldier wearing hot pink from head to toe at the Met Gala, yet here we are!
It wouldn't be an event with Lizzo's flute, which matches her gilded draping jacket!
The rising rapper kept it dapper in an espresso satin suit.
We're loving David Harbour's cane and top hat, matching wife Lily Allen's feathery gown style.
After a long hiatus from the red carpet, Khloé Kardashian rocked the Met Gala in a chic golden gown and billowing black gloves.
The actress is breathtaking in pearls and gloves with her Old Hollywood gown.
The photos do not do Gemma Chan's very elaborate ensemble justice. Because her dress fans out, she is giving a very one-dimensional effect as she moves.
Magician, but make it fashion.
Lenny Kravitz always somehow looks like a pirate, but we love it nonetheless. The singer incorporated leather and lace, which many others have done at this year's event.
Kerry Washington looks amazing in anything, and that's true here: the actress is absolutely stunning in this mesh gown.
Here comes the bride! Kylie Jenner wore an Off-white wedding dress with a white backwards ball cap under her veil.
Double trouble! Jared Leto coordinated to twin with Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele and it really is hard to tell the two apart!
Chloe Bailey isn't afraid to take fashion risks, but her asymmetrical-sculpted gown is so fun and chic!
From her side hat, to her sculpted stomach, Normani served at this year's Met Gala.
Winnie Harlow's headpiece and frilling ensemble is angelic.
Yahya's gold-adorned opera jacket is a refreshing take on incorporating the Gilded Age.
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys showed out for their city, with Swizz rocking his Yankees while Alicia wore the city on her sleeve -- literally.
Kodi Smit-McPhee paid homage to casual Fridays with a button-up shirt and denim, which are actually made of fine leather. His red opera gloves somehow elevate this seemingly casual look to a high fashion level.
Showing up fashionably late, and we mean last, a blonde Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson look a bit mismatched at the Met. Kim evokes Old Hollywood glamor, while boyfriend Pete looks like security.
The film producer looks so elegant in an all cream white gown, which perfectly accentuates her figure.
The biblically accurate angel memo must have gone out to Dove Cameron as well, and we suddenly feel itchy -- in a good way!
Claire Danes showed up her husband with this beautiful cream-colored gown and black face veil.
Emma Stone stood out in a short white dress, with feather trim, looking so edgy and simple.
Co-chair Blake Lively's gown in its first form is bronze, but after it "oxidizes" like the Statue of Liberty, Blake's gown evolves into a beautiful teal hue. Her commitment and attention to detail is the Virgo in her.
Michelle Yeoh looks like an elegant vision in this green off-the-shoulder showstopper!
Kacey Musgraves is stunning in an Old Hollywood-inspired gown and makeup.
Venus Williams is serving us on the red carpet in this super chic black ensemble! So stunning yet so simple.
The 'Euphoria' alum has been rocking some glamorous red carpet looks as of late, and she did not miss at the Met Gala.
The model and land protector came to represent her Native American heritage in her gorgeous gown and accessories.
We always look forward to what Gunna is going to "wow" us with on the red carpet, and his golden thorn cape is perfect!
It's impossible for Sophie Turner to not slay at a gilded age-themed gala, and we love that Joe Jonas was down to match his stunning pregnant wife.
Danai Gurira looks absolutely regal at the event, even with a feather duster in hand.
The Brazilian singer is serving so much class in this regal blue gown adorned with pearls.
Maisie Williams' style evolution has gotten gradually edgier, and though she has no eyebrows, her Met Gala look is very chic.
Breakups look good on Camila Cabello, who is on fire in all white. The imagination of the layering in her dress with flower adornment looks like bouquets!
Lori Harvey is showing off her perfectly sculpted body in this cascading black gown.
Kid Cudi looking like royalty in royal blue! He always knows how to incorporate bold colors in his fashion looks.
Patrick Schwarzenegger's soft apricot suit and ascot paired with rust-colored accessories are a fantastically done men's Met Gala look.
The legendary model showed how it's done with her jacket-dress.
The singer came to absolutely slay the Met Gala in this glistening diamond dress by Ralph Lauren.
Hailey Bieber looks so glamorous in cascading satin white feathers. The dark tights are a perfect contrast to the white look.
Mindy Kaling pulled out all the stops in her flowing lilac gown adorned with purple flower shoulders.
Tessa Thompson is a princess in her baby pink tulle gown.
Gwen Stefani electrifies in this cascading lime gown.
Glenn Close looks as if this shade of pink was made for her! She is shining with youth and beauty.
Nicola Peltz is an absolute '70s vixen vision in this billowing pink ensemble!
Cardi B always understands the assignment -- showing her interpretation of gilded age by simply adorning her whole body in gold Versace.
You already know much thought goes into Billie Eilish's looks, and at this year's Met Gala, her Gucci gown was made from all existing materials in an effort to being as eco-friendly as possible.
Pink ensembles have taken the night by storm! The actress's floral-adorned gown is outfitted with white opera gloves.
Megan Thee Stallion looks like a golden angel in this ethereal winged gown.
Teyana Taylor is a sea-space queen in this mystically ethereal blue gown and silver head piece.
Gigi showed up her younger sister with her oxblood red Met Gala ensemble. Her puffer, corset and latex leggings are just untouchable.