Designer Bob Mackie says Kim Kardashian wearing iconic Marilyn Monroe gown was a 'big mistake'

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian
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Remember when Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's iconic nude illusion dress to the Met Gala and had everyone talking?

Well, it turns out one of the people who had something to say was the actual designer of the dress, Bob Mackie -- and he was not happy. 

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The 82-year-old, who originally sketched the dress early on in his career while working as an assistant to Jean Louis, told Entertainment Weekly that he thought Kim Kardashian wearing the gown was "a big mistake".

"[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress."

Bob, like many historians, also pointed out that Kim wearing the original Marilyn dress on the red carpet could have caused damage to its structural integrity and preservation. 

Kim wore the original dress while walking the red carpet, but according to E! News, switched into a replica after.

Entertainment Weekly writes that Bob was only 23 when he sketched the dress for Marilyn under the direction of Jean Louis. 

The gown became iconic when Marilyn Monroe wore it to President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration, where she sang a now-famous rendition of "Happy Birthday" to the US president. 

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