Contemporary Designers Re-Imagine Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers For Charity

In anticipation of the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros. Consumer Products has invited the world’s top shoe designers to reinterpret Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers for modern times and Warner Home Video has just announced the Blu-ray DVD release of “The Wizard of Oz” on Sept. 29.

Last night, Warner Bros. Consumer Products held a gala celebration to unveil The Ruby Slipper Collection and The Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Exhibition at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, open to the public from June 10-21 in downtown Los Angeles.

As part of the exclusive partnership, a design contest was also held to challenge 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”) mentored the FIDM students during the design competition.

The Ruby Slipper Collection consists of modern interpretations of the classic Ruby Slippers, as created by noted names in designer footwear and fashion. The collection 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 Alberta Ferretti, Betsey Johnson, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani,  Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, and Tuleh. The FIDM student winner will join this esteemed roster to complete the Collection as the 20th designer.

The Ruby Slipper Collection, in its entirety, will be auctioned off in September 2009 to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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