Kim Kardashian did not damage Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress when she wore it to the Met Gala last month, according to the museum who owns the gown.
Fervor grew throughout the week after an image purported to show the dress torn and missing jewels after the reality TV star wore it. However, Ripley's Believe It or Not! — who bought the dress for $4.8 million in 2016 — is backing Kim, telling TMZ that the dress has been damaged over time, especially considering it's 60 years old.
"A report written on the dress's condition in early 2017 states, 'a number of the seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given how delicate the material is. There is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,' among other instances of damage," a Ripley's rep said in a statement.
Ripley's stated that the dress had been damaged before it was acquired. Since the purchase, the dress has been displayed around the world, which always puts it at further risk for damage.
Kim famously lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into the gown, which Marilyn wore in 1962 while singing "Happy Birthday" to then-President John F. Kennedy.
There was almost immediate backlash when Kim showed up the gala in the dress, as purists argued that "The Kardashians" star wasn't worthy. Others worried that the dress would get damaged.
Kim only wore the dress on the red carpet. She then quickly changed into a replica.
"From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in," said Amanda Joiner, Ripley's VP of Publishing and Licensing.