LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2009 / FW/ — Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore. We’re in the City of Angels!
The famed Ruby Slipper Collection created by world famous designers that include Jimmy Choo and Moschino is coming to FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising from June 10-21 in downtown Los Angeles.
Together with the “Inspirations of Oz”, the exhibition is part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the iconic movie “The Wizard of Oz.”
The Ruby Slipper Collection and Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Exhibition is made possible by the collaboration of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and FIDM Museum & Galleries. Open to the public, the exhibition will feature the Ruby Slipper Collection which is a modern-day interpretation of the classic ruby slippers worn by “Dorothy” in the movie.
Debuted in September 2008 at Saks Fifth Avenue to kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, designs from 19 of the fashion industry’s masterminds are featured in the Collection, including: A. Testoni, Abaete, Alberta Ferretti, Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Christian Louboutin, 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.
The Ruby Slipper Collection, in its entirety, will be auctioned off in September 2009 to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
The Inspirations of Oz collection of fine art features one-of-a-kind interpretive works from an acclaimed array of artisans including Angelo Aversa, Romero Britto, Phillip Graffham, Gris Grimly, Marcus Antonius Jansen, Johnny Johns, William Joyce, Joel Nakamura, Nelson De La Nuez, Glen Orbik, Ragnar, Alex Ross, Todd White and Yakovetic.
To celebrate the exhibition’s arrival at FIDM, a design contest is underway that challenges FIDM students to create the best modern interpretation of Dorothy’s iconic Ruby Slippers, as well as develop a jewelry collection inspired by the timeless film.
Renowned accessories designer Tarina Tarantino and famed FIDM alumnus Nick Verreos (“Project Runway”) will mentor the FIDM students during the design competition.The FIDM student winner will join this esteemed roster to complete the Ruby Slipper Collection as the 20th designer.
Additionally, the exhibition will feature a sneak peek of Warner Home Video’s upcoming limited-edition gift sets, works of art in their own right, that pay homage to the beloved film. The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Editions, restored in high definition on Blu-ray and DVD, will see the film looking more colorful and more magical than ever.
The Ruby Slipper Collection and Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Exhibition
FIDM Museum & Galleries
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California.
Dates: Jun 10 – 21, 2009
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
Shoe photos by Mike Rosenthal