Yes, a favorite for so many people, the magical movie, “The Wizard of Oz” celebrates its 70th – YES, 70th Anniversary in 2009.
Hmm..why a blog post about The Wizard of Oz, you may be wondering. Well, it’s all about the crystal. And we at Sparkle Plenty Designs totally understand that!
To help Dorothy step into the 21st century, Warner Bros. Consumer Products in partnership with CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements, have invited the world’s top shoe designers to reinterpret Dorothy’s iconic Ruby Slippers for modern times.
The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection will premiere at Saks Fifth Avenue, kicking off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York (September 2009). The event will benefit philanthropic partner Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and kick-off support for the Foundation’s annual Kids for Kids Family Carnival.
The designers, including Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Jimmy Choo, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Stuart Weitzman and many more, have been granted creative license and access to unlimited CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements to re-imagine Dorothy’s design with their own modern vision of the sparkling Ruby Slipper.
Nadja Swarovski says, “We’re thrilled to turn fashion’s spotlight on the most iconic pair of shoes, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. As Hollywood’s premier crystal purveyor, Swarovski feels privileged to be a sparkling element of the original pair and now, we are looking forward to new creative interpretations of the Ruby Slipper for the 20th century by these talented designers.”
The Collection will also be showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Bryant Park tents in early September and at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Kids for Kids Family Carnival in New York City’s Park Avenue Armory Building on September 20th. Additional stops for the Collection include Miami Art Week, as well as multiple public viewings planned throughout 2009.
So, if you are a fan, save your pennies, or should I say dollars: the complete (original) Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection will be auctioned in the Fall of 2009, with proceeds benefiting the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.