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Decoding the 2024 Met Gala Theme: Unveiling the Alleged Subtle Dig at Kim Kardashian Amid Accusations of 'Ruining' Marilyn Monroe’s Dress

Vogue has just unveiled the theme for the highly anticipated 2024 Met Gala, and as expected, it's already stirring up lively debates in fashion circles. Beyond being a star-studded red carpet affair, the Met Gala holds a deeper purpose—it serves as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The first Monday in May marks this grand event, where A-list attendees align their outfits with a theme inspired by the Costume Institute Exhibition of that year.

To provide context, the 2018 Met Gala embraced the theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," prompting memorable looks such as Rihanna's Pope-inspired ensemble. In 2023, the theme paid homage to the legendary Karl Lagerfeld in "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty," with celebrities offering their unique interpretations, including a nod to Lagerfeld's pet by Jared Leto and Doja Cat.

Now, the focus shifts to the Costume Institute's Spring 2024 Exhibition: "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion." While the title might evoke images of Disney princesses, Vogue's explainer clarifies that the theme centers around a collection of around 50 "historically significant and aesthetically beautiful pieces" deemed too delicate to be worn again.

Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, revealed that these garments are the "Sleeping Beauties" referred to in the title. Spanning over 400 years of fashion history, the exhibition draws inspiration from a 1877 silk satin ball gown designed by Charles Frederick Worth. Notable designers like Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior are also featured, showcasing iconic and incredibly delicate gowns.

In the announcement, Andrew Bolton expressed, "Fashion is one of the most emotional artistic forms because of its connection to the body. It is imbued with memory and emotions, and we relate to it very much via our senses. One thing I hope this show will activate is that sensorial appreciation of fashion."

With this insight, it's anticipated that celebrity guests will endeavor to recreate and showcase these exquisite, historically significant gowns on the red carpet come May 6. The Met Gala once again promises to be a celebration of fashion as a sensory and emotional art form, spanning centuries of style evolution.

Certainly, the chosen theme for the 2024 Met Gala, "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," appears laden with irony, especially considering the tumultuous events of 2022. The irony lies in the storm created when Kim Kardashian ascended the Met steps wearing an original $4.8 million dress previously donned by Marilyn Monroe.

Just to jog your memory, the 2022 Met Gala theme was "In America: An Anthology of Fashion." Kim, however, decided to bring a touch of "gilded glamour" by wearing Marilyn's actual dress from 1962, the one she wore while singing "Happy Birthday" to then-President John F. Kennedy. This embellished gown, designed by Bob Mackie, is safely preserved within Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Florida, where it resides in a darkened and temperature-controlled vault.

Marilyn's gown holds the record for being the most expensive dress ever sold at auction. To ensure its safety, Kim wore it for a mere matter of minutes, changing into it at the bottom of the red carpet and donning a replica at the top of the steps.

However, the decision to wear this iconic piece of American history sparked controversy. Debates raged over whether Kim should have been allowed to wear it, intensifying when reports surfaced claiming the dress had suffered damage. Photos circulated on a Marilyn fan account, allegedly showing the gown before and after Kim wore it, revealing missing rhinestones, damage around the clamps, and a strained zipper seam.

Adding fuel to the fire, a behind-the-scenes video from Ripley's showed Kim struggling to zip up the dress over her posterior just weeks before the Met Gala. The accusations mounted, with Kim widely accused of "ruining" the iconic dress, leading to fervent calls for celebrities to steer clear of precious gowns in the future.

Now, as the Met Gala unveils the theme "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" for 2024, it's hard to ignore the possible nod to the drama surrounding Kim's Marilyn dress. The theme, focusing on historically significant and aesthetically beautiful pieces too fragile to be worn again, resonates with the controversies of the past, making Kim's Met Gala moment an enduring and controversial chapter in the event's history.

"Ironic twists and online musings surround the recently unveiled theme for the 2024 Met Gala, 'Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.' Amid the buzz, some social media users can't help but draw connections to the controversial moment when Kim Kardashian donned and, according to some, damaged Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress at the Met Gala two years prior.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, one user remarked, 'it’s so ironic how this year’s Met Gala theme is about fragile historic garments but Kim Kardashian wore and destroyed the Marilyn Monroe dress to the Met two years ago, the call is coming from inside the house.' Another user speculated, 'just realized maybe this new Met Gala theme was made after the whole Kim in Marilyn's dress debacle.'

The online discourse delves into whether the Met is encouraging guests to wear original pieces or replicate them, with the latter seeming more probable. Despite the confusion, some fans posit that the theme could be seen as a compliment to Kim's impact rather than a subtle dig at her alleged mishandling of valuable fashion.

'I think that if we actually see replicas or iconic archives, then Kim’s influence on the MET Gala will forever be undeniable. Like I’m sorry to say,' one user expressed.

However, amidst the speculations, a crucial detail needs clarification. Despite ongoing accusations that Kim 'ruined' Marilyn’s dress, both Kim and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, where the dress is housed, have refuted these claims. The museum stated definitively, 'One thing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! can say with confidence is that it did not cause damage to Marilyn Monroe’s famed ‘Happy Birthday’ dress from 1962.' They clarified that the visible damage in photographs predated Kim's involvement, dating back to 2017.

While this revelation doesn't settle the debate on whether Kim's controversy inspired the upcoming Met Gala theme, it does debunk rumors that the Met and Anna Wintour are subtly criticizing her for alleged damage to the Marilyn Monroe dress. The intricate interplay between fashion history, celebrity influence, and online commentary continues to shape the narrative surrounding one of the most iconic and talked-about moments in Met Gala history."

"As the anticipation for the 2024 Met Gala builds, speculations about the ensembles guests might unveil from their fashion archives are bound to surface. While the whispers about their wardrobe choices will undoubtedly circulate, one certainty prevails – those who opt to draw from the archives will approach the task with meticulous care and reverence. Stay tuned for the unfolding stories behind the carefully curated and historically significant garments that will grace the illustrious Met Gala red carpet."

"In the upcoming days and weeks leading to the 2024 Met Gala, the fashion world will eagerly await insights into the sartorial choices of its distinguished guests. Amidst the inevitable speculation about their ensembles, one undeniable expectation is that those delving into the fashion archives will handle the task with utmost care and respect. As the fashion elite prepares to grace the iconic Met Gala red carpet, the unfolding stories behind each meticulously chosen and historically significant garment promise to add an extra layer of intrigue to this celebrated event. The countdown to a night of glamour, style, and carefully curated fashion statements has begun."