Shoe Designers Reinterpret Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Posted on September 8, 2008

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Re-imaginedIn celebration of the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz in 2009, Warner Bros. in partnership with Crystallized from Swarovski Elements invited top shoe designers to reinterpret Dorothy's iconic Ruby Slippers for modern times. The designers were asked, "If Dorothy were living in the 21st century, what would she wear?" Designers, including A. Testoni, Abaete, Alberta Ferretti Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Diane von Furstenberg, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Lisa Pliner, Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Roger Vivier, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, Tibi, and Tuleh, were granted creative license to add a modern twist to the Dorothy's Ruby Slipper.

"The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic which has touched people of all ages and will never go out of style," said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "What better way to celebrate the film's 70th Anniversary than appearing front and center at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, sharing with fans these beautiful new designs of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers."

The designer slippers helped kick off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Here's some information about where the ruby slippers are going next from a press statement:
After Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week wraps, the Ruby Slipper Collection will make an appearance at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's Kids for Kids Family Carnival in New York City's Park Avenue Armory Building on September 20. Additional stops for the Collection include Miami Art Week to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach December 4-8th. Multiple public viewings are planned throughout 2009. The shoes will be highlighted at special events around the country and then The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection will be auctioned at a gala event in fall 2009 with the proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Photo: Warner Bros. Consumer Products