- Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's dazzling "Happy Birthday" JFK dress to the 2022 Met Gala.
- Before stepping onto the red carpet, she was gifted a lock of Monroe's platinum-blonde hair.
- "This is so special to me," the SKIMS mogul said. "This is sleeping with me every night."
But before Kardashian brought the gown out of retirement for fashion's biggest night, she met with staff from Ripley's Believe It or Not! — the museum that acquired the Bob Mackie dress in 2016 — for a fitting, Vogue reported.
In a video shared on Ripley's Believe It or Not! Instagram on Tuesday, which had over 14,000 likes on Wednesday, the SKIMS mogul is seen opening a small blue box.
"This is either really cool or a little strange, but that's who you're doing business with," John Corcoran, Director at Ripley Entertainment, says in the video. Kardashian then opens up a silver metallic container within the gift box and asks him what it is.
"That is Marilyn's hair," Corcoran says in the video.
After giving out hugs to members of staff with her, Kardashian, 41, goes on to joke that she'd be performing some "voodoo shit" to channel Monroe during the Met Gala.
She ended up wearing the sparkly dress, which Monroe donned to sing her famous rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, briefly on Monday's red carpet before changing into a replica to avoid risking any damage to the fragile material.
"This is so special to me," Kardashian says in the video. "This is sleeping with me every night."
Representatives for Kardashian declined to provide further comment so it's unclear what she plans to do with her unique Monroe memorabilia.
In an email to Insider, Corcoran said there were "many pieces" of Monroe's hair in the box, which was given to the reality star as a memento.
"Mementos of human hair date back centuries," he added. "Long before selfies were possible and autographs were sought, a snip of hair was a great souvenir!"
Speaking to US Weekly, Amanda Joiner, vice president of publishing and licensing for the museum, said they felt Kardashian was helping them "retell the Marilyn Monroe story to a new generation."
"When we're working with partners, we want to show them our quirky side as well," Joiner said. "So that was the gift that we chose to give to her."