‘Wizard of Oz’ is an amazing creation based on a book written by L. Frank Baum. By keeping technicolor in mind, the clothes dress by Judy Garland were made. And the costumes worn by her are very valuable. But the dress had been lost for a long time and it was discovered at the Catholic University of America by Matt Ripa, a Department of Drama lecturer.


Judy Garland’s name, handwritten in her costume from 1939. (Photo: The Catholic University of America)

During the 1970s Mercedes McCambridge, an actress who was stayed at the Unversity had given the dress. At that time the drama school had been under Reverend Gilbert Hartke. This dress was worn by Judy Garland for the character Dorothy and it had been lost for a long time. And while Ripa was moving the stuff out for renovation purposes he had found the dress inside a shoebox in June 2021. He had said to The Washington Post that he was shocked to hold a Hollywood history in his hands. In a note on the box, it had been said that sometime before the dress had been found in the department chair’s office.


The dress and blouse recently rediscovered at Catholic University. (Photo:  The Catholic University of America)

Safely they have examined the dress and then had 0talked to the University Archives. And after the curators had started authenticating the find. They had also found and recorded images of Reverend Gilbert getting the dress. And the Smithsonian National Museum of American History was reached by Maria Mazzenga, a curator. And according to them, there are 5 dresses from the film set in 1939. All of the five had been labeled with Judy’s name by someone.  And they don’t authenticate items outside the collections and it is said by the experts that the dress is likely authentic.


The Dorothy costume with Rev. Gilbert Hartke and actress Mercedes McCambridge, who donated the dress in the 1970s. (Photo:  The Catholic University of America)


A press shot from “The Wizard of Oz’s.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public domain)


The ruby slippers worn by Garland, one of five known pairs, currently held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (Photo: dbking via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)

h/t: [The Smithsonian]

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