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THE MOST EXPENSIVE DRESS AT THE MET GALA: THE COST OF LEGACY

THE MOST EXPENSIVE DRESS AT THE MET GALA: THE COST OF LEGACY – In the realm of fashion, where opulence meets artistry, the Met Gala stands as a bastion of extravagance and innovation. For over seven decades, this iconic event has transcended its origins as a mere “midnight supper,” evolving into a star-studded affair that captivates the world’s attention. With each passing year, attendees grace the red carpet in ensembles that not only adhere to the gala’s theme but also push the boundaries of creativity and luxury. Meet the outfit that, due to its price and historicity, will be forever engraved in the event’s chronicle.


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THE MOST EXPENSIVE DRESS AT THE MET GALA

THE COST OF LEGACY

Marilyn Monroe with JFK's brother, Steve, wearing the iconic gown designed by Bob Mackie

© Cecil Stoughton/ John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Among the myriad of breathtaking outfits that have graced the Met Gala’s hallowed grounds, one gown stands out not only for its exquisite craftsmanship but also for its staggering price tag: the legendary “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress, famously worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1962.

Crafted by the renowned designer Bob Mackie and meticulously constructed by Jean Louis, this custom-made gown embodied sheer elegance and sophistication. Composed of a delicate flesh-colored marquisette fabric adorned with a mesmerizing array of 2,500 shimmering rhinestones, it was a testament to Monroe’s unparalleled charm and allure.

However, the dress’s journey did not end with Monroe’s iconic performance. In the years that followed, it underwent a series of remarkable transformations, each adding to its mystique and allure. From being auctioned for millions to gracing the halls of Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, its allure only grew with time.

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2022: Fast Forward to Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian wearing the dress first worn by Marilyn Monroe, at the Met Gala, year 2022

© Gotham

First, fast forward to 2016, when a Canadian billionaire acquired the dress for a staggering $4.8 million at auction. Little did anyone anticipate that this timeless masterpiece would once again become the center of attention, this time at the Met Gala.

Enter Kim Kardashian, whose passion for fashion knows no bounds. Determined to pay homage to Monroe’s legacy, she embarked on a mission to borrow the dress for the gala. Yet, her journey was not without its challenges. Persuading the aforementioned museum to part ways with such a priceless artifact required all her charm and influence.

Finally, the moment arrived, and Kim stepped onto the red carpet adorned in Monroe’s iconic gown, if only for a fleeting moment. Aware of the dress’s fragility, she donned a replica for the remainder of the evening, ensuring its preservation for generations to come.

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2024: A Testament to The Allure of Fashion

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Amidst the grandeur of the Met Gala’s legacy, the 2024 edition stood as a testament to the enduring allure of fashion. Themed “The Garden of Time” in celebration of the Costume Institute’s new exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion“, the event transported attendees through centuries of sartorial splendor. Against the backdrop of rare artifacts and timeless designs, luminaries such as Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, and Zendaya graced the red carpet, their ensembles a fusion of contemporary flair and timeless elegance. As they mingled amidst the garden party finery, the gala served not only as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute but also as a showcase of fashion’s ability to transcend the boundaries of time and space.

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As the Met Gala continues to weave its tapestry of glamour and allure, the story of the “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress serves as a poignant reminder of the timeless elegance that defines this illustrious event. In a world where fashion is fleeting, some creations transcend the confines of time, leaving an indelible mark on history’s canvas.


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