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‘Oz’ ruby slippers off to UK exhibit

Dorothy’s slippers are making their first overseas trip.

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Dorothy’s slippers are making their first overseas trip.

WASHINGTON — 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. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers on Thursday.

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They will be shown with Dorothy’s blue-and-white gingham dress in ‘‘Hollywood Costume,’’ an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London.The dress is part of a private collection.

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 on Nov. 21.

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