Classic 1939 ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Dress Has Been Found

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The iconic blue-and-white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has finally been found after many years of being missing.

It was found at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in the drama department, according to the department’s lecturer and operations coordinator, Matt Ripa.

“I have found many interesting things in Hartke during my time at Catholic University, but I think this one takes the cake!” Matt told AJC.

He said he had heard rumors that the dress was in the Hartke building where he worked and so he began looking everywhere for it. He said he was about to give up when he noticed a bag on top of the mailboxes.


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“I was curious what was inside and opened the bag. Inside was a shoebox, and inside the shoebox was the dress! I couldn’t believe it,” Matt said. “My co-worker and I quickly grabbed some gloves and looked at the dress and took some pictures before putting it back in the box and heading over to the (University) Archives.”

According to Catholic University, the dress will be kept in a temperature and humidity-controlled place in the University’s Special Collections.