Dorothy’s ruby red slippers travel to Vegas

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I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

There isn’t a yellow brick road, a field of poppies or a horse of many colors. But the display of ruby red slippers at Planet Hollywood Hotel through June 4 may yet transport you to the Land of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Collection features Dorothy’s slippers reimagined by 19 modern-day designers, including Alberta Ferretti, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Oscar de la Renta. Each designer puts his or her own twist on the iconic red slippers, creating their version of how the shoes would look if Dorothy were to wear them today.

Located across from the Hoops Hall Experience on the mezzanine level of Planet Hollywood, the collection includes everything from sexy slilettos and pointy boots to more practical, modest flats (Let’s be honest, who wants to skip down the yellow brick road in stripper heels?)

Also on display is the Inspiration of Oz Fine Art collection with one-of-a-kind interpretive pieces of art by 15 well-known artists.

This is the first time the Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Collection has traveled to Las Vegas and the first time it is open to the public. Also unique to the display at Planet Hollywood are two of the original dresses worn by Judy Garland in the “Wizard of Oz.” The dresses belong to Planet Hollywood and are typically on display in the hotel’s Wizard of Oz-themed suite. After the exhibit ends Thursday night the shoes will be auctioned off.

There’s no place like Planet Hollywood.

Aleza Freeman

Yes, I’m from Las Vegas. But I’d like to clarify a few things: I don’t live in a hotel and I’m not a showgirl. I put my pasties on one nipple at a time, just like everyone else. I’m a regular girl who plunges off the side of ridiculously tall Las Vegas landmarks and writes about it for a living. I also ride roller coasters, hang at the spa, shoot holes in zombies and take art lessons from bottlenose dolphins. You know, normal stuff. My career as a journalist and copywriter has led me out of Vegas and around the world, but the 24/7 normality of Las Vegas sucks me back in every time. Am I oblivious to the plethora of slot machines everywhere I go? Sure. But that’s because I’m distracted by all the pretty lights. Follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

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