Margaret Thatcher’s Power Suits Are Not Haute Enough For The Victoria & Albert Museum

The late great former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was totally denied by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, who declined to exhibit the Iron Lady’s wardrobe.

Thatcher’s power suits were not fashionable enough for the V&A, you see. A statement from V&A said that “The museum is responsible for chronicling fashionable dress and its collecting policy tends to focus on acquiring examples of outstanding aesthetic or technical quality,” and that it doesn’t tend to exhibit clothing with “intrinsic social historical value.” Which, I think, might be the most diplomatically-worded back-handed compliment I’ve ever heard.

Instead, Thatcher’s wardrobe will be auctioned at Christie’s. If you happen to have at least £200, you can have what the V&A is too good for: Thatcher’s power suits, briefcases, purses, jewelry, and even an autographed copy of the last speech she gave as Prime Minister. The live auction will take place on December 15, and an online auction will run from December 3 through December 16.

[The Guardian]
[ArtNet]

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