​v&a throws shade on maggie thatcher’s clothes

The museum rejected an offer to show the former Prime Minister’s wardrobe.

by Stuart Brumfitt
03 November 2015, 11:58am

Strings of pearls, brooches and boxy blazers: some staples of the late Margaret Thatcher's prime ministerial wardrobe. But recognisable though her style (and hair-do) was, London's V&A Museum has deemed it not worthy of exhibition, rejecting the offer to show a range of her looks before they go on sale at Christie's next month. "The V&A politely declined the offer of Baroness Thatcher's clothes, feeling that these records of Britain's political history were best suited to another collection which would focus on their intrinsic social historical value." 

They added in a matter-of-fact but also slyly shady way, "The museum is responsible for chronicling fashionable dress and its collecting policy tends to focus on acquiring examples of outstanding aesthetic or technical quality" i.e. Maggie T's wardrobe simply wasn't up to scratch. David Bowie she's not. Nonetheless, the collection of handbags, jewellery and items like her red leather dispatch box are still expected to find favour at auction, with the whole lot estimated to fetch £500,00. 


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