Click your heels together three times: Dorothy's ruby slippers come to London
The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939) will go on public display in Europe for the first time ever.
The sparkly shoes, on loan from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, will be displayed part of the Victoria & Albert museum's major autumn exhibition, Hollywood Costume.
They will be reunited with Dorothy's white and blue gingham pinafore dress for the first time since Garland wore them.
One of the most famous lines from The Wizard of Oz is "Click your heels together three times and say 'There's no place like home' and you'll be there."
The ruby slippers were designed by Adrian, MGM Studios’ chief costume designer and Hollywood’s foremost designer of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Screenwriter Noel Langley is credited with changing the silver shoes to ruby in his film screenplay - red being the most vibrant contrast against the ‘yellow brick road’ at a time when a Technicolor film was still a novelty.
Each year the slippers attract millions of visitors to the Smithsonian. They will be on loan to the V&A for four weeks as a result of "exhaustive negotiations" between the museum's guest curator Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis and the American archive.
“The Ruby Slippers transcend Hollywood costume design and have the power to transport us to the limits of our imagination," Landis said. "These precious shoes exemplify the best of cinema storytelling because they evoke memory and emotion.”
Their loan was confirmed less than a month before the show is due to open on 20 October.
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 2 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 3 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
- 4 News agency criticised for describing Amal Clooney as 'actor's wife' in coverage of human rights trial
- 5 David De Gea to Real Madrid: Real finally get their man with £29m bid for Manchester United goalkeeper
X Factor hopeful Mason Noise: 'How is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in the music business, let alone a judge?'
Game of Thrones season 6: Director promises most exciting premiere yet 'starts off with a bang'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Online toy marathon to launch new film
Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet: Technician quits after social media row with actor's fans
Evian Christ cancels Reading festival appearance after being 'trapped in a cage' at Leeds by staff
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up