Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
shoes, pair of
Object Type
Date made
Garland, Judy
Place Made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
fiber, synthetic (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
fabric, felt (overall material)
one shoe: 5 in x 3 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Merle Banta, Fred Carr, and Stephen Hinchliffe
Wizard of Oz
Motion Pictures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I Loved seeing these iconic shoes when I went to Washington. To see the same shoes from the movie made me look at the Wizard of Oz a new way for the rest of my life.
"One of the most historical, no scratch that, THE most historical item in history. Worn by the lovely Judy Garland, these slippers will always be the reminder to the hearts of millions that there is no place like home."

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