Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

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Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz. In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road. One of several pairs used during filming, these size-five shoes are well-worn, suggesting they were Garland's primary pair for dance sequences.
subject
Wizard of Oz
Motion Pictures
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Garland, Judy
designer
Adrian
Adrian
Credit Line
Merle Banta, Fred Carr, and Stephen Hinchliffe
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
fiber, synthetic (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
fabric, felt (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 24.13 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Place Made
United States: California, Los Angeles
1939
Object Name
shoes, pair of
Object Type
Shoes
ID Number
1979.1230.01
accession number
1979.1230
catalog number
1979.1230.01
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures