Scarecrow Costume

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Description
Ray Bolger wore this patchwork outfit as the Scarecrow, one of the trio of friends who accompany Dorothy to the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz.
Designed by Adrian, MGM's premier costume artist, the straw-stuffed clothing fit loosely enough so that Bolger could perform his comedic dance number, "If I Only Had a Brain." A sponge-rubber mask, resembling burlap, completed the Scarecrow's costume. Under the hot lights on the set, the mask was stifling, and it frequently had to be replaced.
date made
1939
user
Bolger, Ray
designer
Adrian
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
felt (overall material)
straw (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30.48 cm x 25.4 cm; 12 in x 10 in
ID Number
1987.0608.01
accession number
1987.0608
catalog number
1987.0608.01
Credit Line
Gift of Gwendolyn R. Bolger
subject
Wizard of Oz
Motion Pictures
Movie
Music
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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