Afterward, Ripa and her colleague put on gloves to inspect the dress, took a few photos and then went to the archives. “I called one of our teachers and former president, who always told me that the dress existed and that it was in the building to let him know that I had found it,” he said. for follow-up. “Needless to say, I found a lot of interesting things in the Hartke during my time at AUC, but I think this one takes the cake.”
According to the AUC, it is working to obtain additional documents to prove the authenticity of the dress. So he contacted the conservatives Ryan linteau, Dawn Wallace and Sunae Park. They work at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and other memorabilia are housed.
Although museum curators do not offer monetary valuations of historical items, they did offer some information about the costume. To begin with, Lintelman said Smithsonian magazine there are five other dresses “that have a good pretension” to be authentic. The newly discovered dress, the post continued, has several features these costumes share, including a “secret pocket” where Garland kept his handkerchief and the name “Judy Garland” handwritten on the piece.
Per CUA, he now plans to keep the dress in “proper storage in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.”