Judy Garland's ruby slippers are coming to England for the first time.

The iconic shoes donned by the actress as Dorothy in 1939 movie 'The Wizard of Oz' will feature in the upcoming Hollywood Costume exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

This will be the first time the shoes - which are on loan from Washington's Smithsonian National Museum of American History - have ever been on public display outside the US and will be the first time they have been exhibited with Dorothy's blue and white gingham dress.

It reportedly took five years for V&A senior guest curator Deborah Nadoolman to secure the shoes, which were made in 1938, for the exhibition.

The slippers have been loaned exclusively to the V&A from the exhibition's launch date on October 20 until November 18 - as they need to be returned in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, when 'The Wizard of Oz' is televised annually.

A pair of replica shoes will then be used in the exhibition instead.

Only four pairs of the iconic slippers were believed to have been made, including the pair being used in the exhibition.

Eccentric pop star Lady GaGa owns another pair, with them being a gift for her 25th birthday last year.