Left Shoe, Partially Sequined

Over the past month I have been, slowly but surely, working on sequining the left shoe, using the round blood red translucent 5mm (3/16ths inch) Schrum sequins which are identical to the sequins found today on the authentic slippers. While some believe the authentic sequins were not originally translucent, but have become so due to wear, and were rather a dark, metallic red in 1938, I have always intended to make the shoes as they appear today and have chosen to use the translucent sequins to accomplish this.

Regardless the sequins, sewing them is an agonizingly slow process, about which I am making discoveries, and therefore adjustments, as I work. Therefore, I have removed and resewn a great many of the sequins in the process.

Replication Left Toe

In the meantime, it is suffice to say, I have used detailed photographs of both the Witch’s shoes and the Smithsonian shoes as the basis for the sequining, the best of which are posted below.

These photographs of the Witch’s shoes are my own image captures from A&E’s special on the shoes: “Treasure: The Search for the Ruby Slippers.”

Left Witch's Shoe (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Left Witch's Shoe (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

 

Witch's Shoe Bow Detail (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Right Witch's Shoe (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Right Witch's Shoe Heel (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Right Witch's Shoe (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Witch's Shoe Toe (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Witch's Shoe Sequining (Image courtesy A&E Television Networks)

Witch's Shoes (Image: The Wizard of Oz: The 50th Anniversary Pictorial History, pg 230)

An extremelly detailed version of the above photograph of the Witch’s shoes can be found on page 230 of The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History, although the book, erroneously, labels them as the Roberta Bauman pair.

The following photographs of the Smithsonian pair have proven useful. I’ve focused on the left Smithsonian shoe for sequining the shoe, as the right shoe seems to have either been badly sequined in 1938, or has aged much more rapidly than any of the other shoes. Almost all of these photos were originally found on  The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes, and are reproduced here with permission.

Toe of Left Smithsonian Shoe (Image: The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes)

Left Smithsonian Shoe (Image: The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes)

Heel Left Smithsonian Shoe (Image: The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes)

Heels of the Smithsonian Shoes (Image: The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes)

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