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No shoes have been more of an inspiration in footwear design than Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz. Likenesses of the iconic red heels have cropped up time and time again as designers try to bring a little bit of their magic into our wardrobes. But until now, they've remained nothing more than an image on a screen.

Now, as part of the V&A's celebrated Hollywood Costume exhibition, you can take a peep at the actual shoes worn by Judy Garland and used in the making of the movie back in 1939. The ruby slippers are one of the key pieces in the exhibition, which opens its doors on Saturday the 20th October. But be warned: unlike many other exhibits, the Ruby Slippers are on loan for a limited time only, and will be being whisked back to Kansas (OK, actually Washington D.C) after four weeks. Be sure to book your ticket to see the exhibition before 18 November if you want to see them during their brief stint in the UK.

The exhibition will explore the role and importance of clothes and costume in movie-making, and showcases more than 100 of the most memorable cinema costumes besides the shoes - including Marilyn Monroe's Seven Year Itch dress and the pirate costume worn by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. The 'Dorothy Shoes', which are on loan from the National Smithsonian Museum of American History, are to be re-united with the blue gingham dress worn by Garland for the first time since filming!