Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz are back on display this week at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. After their two year-long journey to the museum’s Conservation Lab, they are now stabilized, sparkling clean, and ready to be on view for years to come.
For a limited time, the iconic red shoes will also be joined by Scarecrow’s hat, worn by actor Ray Bolger in the classic 1939 film.
Over 6,000 Kickstarter backers supported the conservation of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers.
“The most famous shoes in the world.” – Smithsonian curator Ryan Lintelman
– Shoes were designed in 1938 by Gilbert Adrian (MGM costume designer)
– Slippers were dyed Red / mesh of sequins
– Had been on view at the Smithsonian since 1979
– Deterioration & discoloration due to temperature fluctuations, Humidity & light
Listen to my original interview (October 2016) with Smithsonian curator Ryan Lintelman at 15:32 seconds