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    Judy Garland "Dorothy Gale" Jumper and Blouse Worn During First Two Weeks of Filming Under 1st Director Richard Thorpe, Later Used by Judy's Double in "Flying Monkey" Sequence from The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939). Vintage original Judy Garland "Dorothy Gale" pinafore dress from the early Richard Thorpe-directed filming of The Wizard of Oz. Designed by legendary MGM costume designer Gilbert Adrian, the costume consists of (1) cornflower blue cotton dress with white polka dot trim at the bodice, neck, straps and above hem, with hook and eye and snap back closure. Retaining 2-internal bias labels, with 1-handwritten, "Judy Garland 3955-1," and 1-handwritten, "Bobby Koshay – Double Harness." Koshay was Garland's

    Also includes (1) ivory organdy blouse with short princess sleeves, peter pan collar, ribbed placket at the front, 3-faux button front closure, with snap back closure. Retaining internal bias label handwritten "J. Garland" in
    black ink, handwritten at collar interior closure, "7691," both retain original MGM cleaning tag.

    Accompanied by 2-reproduction neckties added for display, 1-solid blue, 1-polkadot, they affix to the collar by single snap closure. The Garland label was originally found sewn under the Koshay label, indicating that the costume was worn by Garland first, then Koshay. Garland wore this style dress for the first two weeks of filming in October 1938 under director Richard Thorpe when Buddy Ebsen was the Tin Man (later replaced by Jack Haley). Scenes filmed during this period include the Scarecrow's (Ray Bolger) cornfield as well as around the Wicked
    Witch's (Margaret Hamilton) castle in the Tower Room. Production halted and Thorpe was fired before the job
    finally fell on Victor Fleming's shoulders.

    Exhibiting minor age, production wear and some light damp staining to hem. In vintage Very Good condition. Provenance: Sotheby's New York, December 19, 20 1997, Lot 524. The costume was originally sold as a Bobby Koshay test dress. Upon purchasing it, the buyer noticed the "Judy Garland" label beneath the Koshay label and had
    the labels sewn side-by-side on the costume. There is no question this test dress was worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming The Wizard of Oz, as she is seen in numerous test photos in this dress. The dress was later used by Bobby Koshay as Judy's stunt double in the "Flying Monkey" sequence.

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