"The Wizard of Oz" Ruby Slippers to Sparkle Overseas

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\"The Wizard of Oz\" Ruby Slippers to Sparkle Overseas
“There’s no place like London, there’s no place like London, there’s no place like London…”

With the arrival of the original ruby slippers that adorned Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, it’s pretty much the catch phrase of the upcoming Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in the heart of London’s city center.

The iconic pair of sparkly shoes will be on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., marking this as the first time they’ll ever appear outside the U.S. for the viewing public. You better get them my pretties because it won’t be for long–it’ll be on exhibit for six weeks.

This super rare opportunity will open on October 20 and are being shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham dress (part of a private collection) which marks another first according to museum curators: the first time the character’s dress and shoes will be together since the movie was filmed in the late ‘30s.

The shoes are something of an American treasure that highlight a sequined step forward in moviemaking history—the ruby slippers are like a symbol for the extensive color sequences that were a special effect in their own right during the industry’s standard black and white era.

The Smithsonian will honor the six-week loan with a departure ceremony before the magical shoes are flown overseas (not by flying monkeys), but don’t worry they’ll be back in the states on November 21 because, well, there’s no place like home.

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