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Kim Kardashian went for classic and iconic at the Met Gala, once again breaking the internet by donning one of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous looks. The $5 million dollar dress was worn by Monroe in 1962 when she sang “Happy Birthday” to former president John F. Kennedy. Kardashian wore the dress while accompanied by her boyfriend, “SNL” comedian Pete Davidson, in the couple's second red carpet outing. Monroe's dress was sold to Ripley's Believe It or Not in Orlando for nearly $5 million in 2016. Internet sleuths guessed Kardashian would wear the dress after she and Davidson were spotted in Orlando recently.

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The Met Gala is back. The annual extravaganza with the most dazzling red carpet in the world of fashion returns Monday. The evening, a fundraiser for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be hosted by Regina King, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, with Vogue’s Anna Wintour running the whole shebang as usual. The theme: “Gilded glamour,” which should bring out some dressy period-style gowns on the carpet (viewable this year on livestream) that would go well on HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” The sartorial theme stems from the spring fashion exhibit: “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” exploring the historical roots of American fashion.

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Designer Thom Browne launched Met Gala weekend in New York with a hugely inventive fashion show that was one of his most fanciful extravaganzas yet. The human audience was supplemented by 500 stuffed teddy bears, sitting in tiny chairs in neat rows, all dressed in classic Browne gray suits, ready to hear a motivational “Teddy Talk.” Browne, the consummate showman designer who usually shows in Paris, sought to educate the New York crowd — both the bears and the humans — about finding one’s authentic self through one's “toy version.” Dual processions of 25 adults and their whimsical toy versions came together at the end, with models laughing and talking on the runway.

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A blue-and-white dress that Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” is up for sale. It was assumed lost for decades at Catholic University of America but was found last year in a shoebox. It's going to be part of Bonhams “Classic Hollywood: Film and Television” auction May 24 in Los Angeles. It's now on display at the auction house's New York location and has a presale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million. There was more than one made for Garland while filming. Only two are with the blouse she wore underneath. That includes the one found at Catholic University.

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