No big deal, just an average day at work. You know, made some copies, rehung a bunch of costumes, got to touch a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers!!!
There were a few pairs of slippers used in The Wizard of Oz designed by Adrian. Most are in museums but Western Costumes (the costume company that actually made the shoes) happens to have a pair. Since I'm working there this summer I got to hold them and get a closer look.
They are super tiny and oh so sparkly. The "rubies" are really large sequins and are arranged in curved rows that accentuate the light reflection. The little red bows are raised by felt and decorated with faux gems and tubular beads. The insides of the shoes are bright yellow leather and have a Western Costume tag with Judy Garland's name on it. Oh, and to top it off they're stored in a blue gingham shoe box!
And yes, I totally geeked out when I saw them. Growing up with the movie I feel like it's an extension of who I am. While so many of my friends are huge Alice in Wonderland fans, I will always prefer Oz. Dorothy could take Alice any day. Nuff said ;)