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Smithsonian to lend Dorothy’s ruby slippers to UK

October 4, 2012

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— Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

In this April 10, 1996 file photo, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are shown on display during a media tour of the "America's Smithsonian" exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. The ruby slippers are leaving the U.S. on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

In this April 10, 1996 file photo, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are shown on display during a media tour of the "America's Smithsonian" exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. The ruby slippers are leaving the U.S. on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film in which she played a Kansas farm girl on a magical journey. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers Thursday.

They will be shown with Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress in "Hollywood Costume," an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London. Curators say it's the first time Dorothy's dress and shoes have been together since the movie was filmed. The dress is part of a private collection.

"Oz" was a movie milestone for its extensive color sequences. To make the slippers, a designer dyed the shoes red and attached netting to cover them with red sequins.

The Smithsonian plans to hold a departure ceremony Tuesday. The slippers will return Nov. 21.

Comments

hyperinflate 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh, thank the gods. I thought they were headed to University of Kentucky.

Hoots 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm so sick of political references I could throw up. Wish you people would realize the two parties are the same bowl of crap looking at itself in the mirror.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

There were several pairs of ruby slippers used in the production of the film.

Clipped from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_sli...

As was customary for important props, a number of pairs were made for the film, though no one knows exactly how many. Five pairs are known to have survived; one pair was stolen in 2005 and has never been recovered.

In L. Frank Baum's original novel, 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', Dorothy wore Silver Shoes. The movie's creators changed them to ruby to take advantage of the new Technicolor film process.

In one sequence of the 1939 film, Garland is not wearing the ruby slippers when Dorothy should be wearing them (an apparent blunder by the filmmakers). As the apple trees pelt the Scarecrow with apples, Garland can be briefly glimpsed wearing a black shoe on her right foot.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

What an outrage that ruby red slippers just like Dorothy Gale wore can be purchased by anyone! It reminds me of this:

"The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

atiopatioo, at least some of that is an exaggeration. Just for starters and enders, OZ came from the label on one of Mr. Baum's file cabinets. At least, that's what he claimed when he was alive.

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