Smithsonian to lend Dorothy's ruby slippers to UK

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FILE - In this April 10, 1996 file photo, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are shown on display during a media tour of the "America's Smithsonian" exhibition in Kansas City, Mo.   The ruby slippers are leaving the U.S.  on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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FILE - In this April 10, 1996 file photo, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are shown on display during a media tour of the "America's Smithsonian" exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. The ruby slippers are leaving the U.S. on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film in which she played a Kansas farm girl on a magical journey. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers Thursday.

They will be shown with Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress in "Hollywood Costume," an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London. Curators say it's the first time Dorothy's dress and shoes have been together since the movie was filmed. The dress is part of a private collection.

"Oz" was a movie milestone for its extensive color sequences. To make the slippers, a designer dyed the shoes red and attached netting to cover them with red sequins.

The Smithsonian plans to hold a departure ceremony Tuesday. The slippers will return Nov. 21.

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