Making its way down the east coast, The Wizard of Oz will soon be premiering at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 1 April for 4 weeks only. To welcome the show to Adelaide, shoppers at Burnside Village Shopping Centre were able to get up close and personal with some of the incredible costumes from the musical, including Dorothy’s iconic ruby red slippers. The exhibition will soon be moving to Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall from March 21st – April 11th and will continue to dazzle onlookers as it travels between secret locations in the upcoming months.
This production of The Wizard of Oz boasts an impressive collection of over 130 individually tailored garments. From big furry lions to sepia toned farmhand costumes and jewel encrusted Emerald City gowns – every individual piece has been meticulously planned, crafted and created for the wonderful world of Oz. The costumes within the exhibition have travelled the world with the productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz – from London, Canada, the US and now to Australia – they have played their part in the re-creation of this fantastic musical treat.
The focal point of the costume exhibition is Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Decorated with over 4,000 hand-applied Siam coloured Swarovski crystals, the slippers really steal the show. The long-standing relationship between The Wizard of Oz and crystal house, Swarovski, can be traced back over 75 years to their beginnings in the original The Wizard of Oz MGM film. The brand collaboration began in 1939 when Judy Garland first tapped her jewel-encrusted shoes together and continues today with musical star, Samantha Dodemaide, dancing her way down the Yellow Brick Road in these iconic ruby shoes.
Accompanying the ruby shoes, spectators will also catch a glimpse of the Tin Man, the famous Dorothy gingham dress, a Munchkin outfit and a sparkly gown from the Emerald City. What a perfect chance to get immersed in the fashion history of the wonderful World of Oz before the musical hits the stage on April 1st at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Keep your eyes peeled for where the exhibition will be debuting next.