Kim Kardashian Marilyn Monroe dress MET GALA

Kim Kardashian has appeared on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet wearing a crystal-embellished gown

last worn by Marilyn Monroe six decades ago when she serenaded the US president John F Kennedy for his birthday.

This year’s exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, inspired the gala theme of “gilded glamor”.

Kardashian’s interpretation of the theme came from “the most American thing you can think of”.

Kardashian’s transformation into Monroe for the Met Gala carpet took more than sporting the Bob Mackie dress

As well as bleaching her hair platinum blond, Kardashian said she lost 16 pounds (7kg) in less than a month to fit into the dress.

Acquiring the dress was a challenge, too. The piece sold in 2016 for $US4.8m and holds the record for the most expensive dress sold at auction, as reported by Vogue.

She stepped on to the red carpet in the multimillion dollar-gown topped by a white fur shawl.

When worn by Monroe in 1962, the dress – designed by Jean Louis based on a sketch by Bob Mackie – caused a stir.

The Monroe look joins Kardashian’s lineup of Met Gala ensembles that have captured attention – including her 2019 “wet” Thierry Mugler dress