Kim Kardashian wears Marilyn Monroe dress as Met Gala celebrates American fashion


NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian spoke about American history at the annual Met Gala on Monday, donning the sparkling gold dress that Marilyn Monroe wore six decades ago when she serenaded President John F. Kennedy with “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”

Kardashian, her blonde hair in a tight bun, walked gingerly in the form-fitting dress as her boyfriend and comedian Pete Davidson held her hand on the red carpet. Davidson chose a black suit and sunglasses.

The ‘Kardashians’ star said she lost 16 pounds in three weeks so she could wear the iconic dress Monroe wore in 1962.

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“It was such a challenge,” Kardashian said. “It felt like a role. I was determined to fit into that.”

Known for its celebrities in over-the-top outfits, the Met Gala has returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May, just eight months after the pandemic-delayed 2021 event in September.

The event, a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has been dubbed the East Coast Oscars. This year’s A-list guests were asked to dress in “golden glamour”.

Blake Lively, co-chair of the Met Gala with her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, arrived in a shimmering bronze-colored Versace dress influenced by New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

Attendants removed a large bow and rearranged the long train of the dress to reveal a turquoise and copper look, a switch that Lively said was an ode to the greenish patina that bronze buildings develop over time.

“Empire State of Mind” singer Alicia Keys also celebrated New York City, wearing a Ralph Lauren dress with 200,000 crystals arranged to resemble the city’s skyline.

Jared Leto, who starred in last year’s ‘House of Gucci’ movie, was on hand with Gucci designer Alessandro Michele. The pair wore identical beige suits and red bow ties. Leto described the look as “a Victorian golden double haze”.

Musician Lizzo wore a black dress with a gold embroidered jacket and carried a gold flute which she played briefly on the red carpet. Billie Eilish appeared in a light green Gucci dress which she said was made with existing materials to be eco-friendly.

As usual, many celebrities seemed oblivious to the evening’s theme. Model Gigi Hadid wore a red corseted jumpsuit with a large puffy coat. Singer Gwen Stefani stood out in a full-skirted neon yellow dress.

The invitation-only Met Gala marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the museum’s Costume Institute. This year’s exhibit, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” caps off a two-part exhibit and focuses on the history of American dress.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was attending for the first time in 20 years to celebrate the American spirit. Her burgundy dress featured subtle embroidery of the names of 60 famous American women, including abolitionist Harriet Tubman and Madeleine Albright, the late Secretary of State.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams wore a tuxedo jacket with NYC subway symbols and “End Gun Violence” written on the back. He noted the economic struggles many people experienced during the opulent Golden Age of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

“Although we had great inventions and great architecture…it was also a dark time,” he said.

Gabrielle Union wore a silver Versace dress inspired by Diahann Carroll. A red rose on the front symbolized the blood shed by people of color who helped build America, she said.

Actress and musician Janelle Monae donned a black Ralph Lauren dress with a silver and black striped hood which she described as “the golden age of the future”.

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Reporting by Benjamin Kellerman; Written by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Leslie Adler

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