Dorothy's Ruby Slippers


Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 MGM musical film The Wizard of Oz. In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, costumers created ruby red shoes 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.

Date Made: 1939

Wearer: Garland, JudyDesigner: AdrianMaker: Adrian

Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles

Subject: Wizard of Oz, Motion Pictures

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Popular Entertainment, National Treasures exhibit

Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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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

Credit Line: Merle Banta, Fred Carr, and Stephen Hinchliffe

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.1230.01Accession Number: 1979.1230Catalog Number: 1979.1230.01

Object Name: shoes, pair ofObject Type: Shoes

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)fabric (overall material)fiber, synthetic (overall material)adhesive (overall material)fabric, felt (overall material)Measurements: one shoe: 5 in x 3 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 24.13 cm


Record Id: nmah_670130

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