The dress was worn by the actress on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s birthday party in 1962, days before she was found dead in her home
When Marilyn Monroe attended John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 19, 1962, anxiety, sadness and pills taken to avoid such depression had already taken a very negative toll on the 35-year-old actress.
Her well-known affairs with the Kennedy brothers, John and Robert, were the icing on the cake. Between August 4 and 5, 1962, one of the most recognized women in the world and one of the most recognized sex symbols in history, was found dead in her Brentwood home.
The reasons for her death indicate a possible suicide, a product of her depression and self-destruction.
Kardashian’s wrong message
A few days ago, Kim Kardashian chose for this year’s Met Gala the Jean-Louis dress that Marilyn Monroe wore that night at Madison Square Garden, which was interpreted as a miscalculated and confusing message.
Add to that the dreadful blonde hairstyle and the urgency to lose weight in order to wear an iconic dress for terrible and wrong reasons.
On that 1962 night in New York, Monroe arrived at the fundraiser in a dress that remained largely hidden behind a white ermine fur coat, but when she took the stage, she dropped the coat with the style and flair unique to her and showed off her custom Jean Louis creation.
The backless, flesh-colored, sheer, form-fitting dress was inspired by a sketch by Bob Mackie. In addition to Marilyn Monroe’s legendary beauty, thousands of crystals hand-sewn into the ensemble ensured that all eyes were on the Hollywood star. The dress was so tight that it had to be sewn before her appearance.
One of Marilyn’s last appearances
The dress is also of particular significance as Marilyn Monroe died just three months later, making this one of her last public appearances.
The ensemble was sold in 2016 at an auction hosted by Julien’s for $4.81 million and is currently owned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not.