The iconic blue gingham pinafore and white puff-sleeved blouse dress worn by Judy Garland’s character Dorothy Gale in the cult hit ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is all set to be put up for auction. As many as eight identical dresses were made for the filming of the 1939 film though this particular version is the only one to have survived intact. The dress was designed by legendary Hollywood costume designer Adrian who fashioned it on a treadle sewing machine using cheap gingham to make it look like as if it were sewn by Dorothy’s Aunty Em.
The dress is currently owned by a private collector whose husband bought the costume for £140,000. Set to be auctioned off a starting bid of $200,000, the complete original dress is being put up for sale by California-based Julien's Auctions as a part of their 'Icons and Idols 2012: Hollywood' line up set to be held November 5-9.
Before being displayed at Julien's Auctions, the famed dress will be put up for display as a part of the 'Hollywood Costume' exhibition to be held in London beginning October 20. During the exhibition, the costume will be shown along with the original ruby slippers worn by Garland as a part of her ensemble in the movie. Over 800 historic Hollywood items will be put up for sale at the auction including dressed worn by Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn as well as a number of items belonging to Marilyn Monroe.