Kim Kardashian wears dress worth almost $5 million

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian evoked American history at the annual Met Gala on Monday, donning the sparkling gold gown that Marilyn Monroe wore six decades ago when she serenaded President John F. Kennedy with "Happy birthday, Mr. President."

The star of "The Kardashians" said she lost more than 7 kilos in three weeks so she could wear the iconic dress that Monroe sported in 1962.

Monroe is said to have paid Jean-Louis $1,440 for the custom piece, which was first sold at auction in 1999 for over a million dollars as part of a sale of her estate with Christie’s. 
The sparkly sheer dress has been on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Orlando, Florida since its purchase in 2016 for $4.81 million, a price that makes it one of the most expensive dresses ever sold.

The Met Gala returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May, just eight months after 2021's pandemic-delayed event in September.

The event, a fundraiser for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been dubbed the Oscars of the East Coast. This year's A-list guests were told to dress in "gilded glamour."

Blake Lively, a Met Gala co-chair along with her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, arrived in a glittering 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 gown's long train 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, wearing a Ralph Lauren dress with 200,000 crystals arranged to look like the city's skyline.

Jared Leto, who starred in last year's movie "House of Gucci," attended with Gucci designer Alessandro Michele. The pair wore identical tan suits and red bow ties. Leto described the look as "double Victorian gilded trouble."

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


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