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.
Wizard of Oz
Motion Pictures
National Museum of American History
Garland, Judy
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)
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
Object Name
shoes, pair of
Object Type
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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
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