An Irishman helped Kim Kardashian secure her dress for the 2022 Met Gala.
The custom-made sheer dress, worn by Marilyn Monroe when she famously sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy in 1962, was borrowed from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando.
Martin Nolan, who is the co-owner of Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, played a pivotal role in Kardashian sourcing the iconic gown.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Athlone native explained: “It was Kim Kardashian’s bright idea to try and wear Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress to this year’s Met Gala.
“And she contacted us as we are the company that sold the dress for $4.81m in 2016. We contacted Ripley’s, who bought the dress and reassured them that Kim would be extra careful.
“I think Kim’s choice was brilliant because it was a celebration of American fashion and she worked really hard to make sure that she could fit into that dress and wear it like she did.”
According to TMZ, the iconic dress will go back on display at the end of the month, but will be moved to Ripley’s in Hollywood, California.
It’s understood the dress will be displayed alongside other accessories Kim paired with it at the Gala.