Ruby slippers: oh my!

Dorothy: so fashion forward

I like my fair share of theatre – I’ve recently seen God of Carnage at the Gielgud, In a Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville and Jerusalem at the Apollo but – and what does this actually say about me?? – by far the most enjoyable theatre experience yet has been yesterday’s Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium! Yes, when it comes down to it – forget highbrow culture, it turns out that, instead, I actually prefer a good singalong and bright costumes.

Palladium gets my vote!

There’s something about a good old fashioned West End musical – done well – to get the spirits soaring…

Glossy programmes...
Musical legend Michael Crawford and newcomer Danielle Hope

The fantastic costumes, techni-coloured set and magical stage effects got me thinking how much of a fashion icon Dorothy is.

Her glittering ruby shoes, of course, have been lusted after by little girls and grown women alike, even inspiring designers, such as Jimmy Choo, Alberta Ferretti, Betsey Johnson, Moschino and more to come up with their own versions in answer to the question “If Dorothy were living in the 21st century, what would she wear?”

Betsey Johnson's take on the theme
Jimmy Choo goes glam
Ruby slipppers for the today's woman - yes, please!

Hailing from the golden age of cinema (think Gone with the Wind and Citizen Cane) the film version is a sumptuous delight, resonating with both young and old, and is one of the best-loved classic films of all time, usually shown, of course, at Christmas time.

Talking of Christmas time, some of the most beautiful Christmas decorations I came across this year were these glass characters from the book, designed and hand-made by Bombki. Well worth investing in, as they are sure to become little heirlooms, that will become as timeless as their inspiration.

The tin man
The lion
The Scarecrow

The original Wizard of Oz book was of course groundbreaking in its own way. Published in 1900, it is universally recognised as the first truly American fairy tale and there are some amazing editions – vintage and new – to be found (while on the subject, click here to read my earlier post on vintage children’s books).

Illustration from a vintage Wizard of Oz book
The Wizard of Oz was first in a series of 14 books on the Land of Oz by L.Frank Baum
Pretty pages
The darker, original version

Who new that looking for a brain, a heart, a home and the nerve would be so inspirational!

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