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Jewelry as a Tactic: Madeleine Albright’s Brooches

by Susi, 11 October 2009


There’s a beautiful and unusual exhibition on at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), showing over 200 brooches from the collection of former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. Her use of brooches as signals in diplomacy was truly extraordinary. She drew from her vast and expanding collection to send a wide repertoire of signals, sporting pin-on insects, weapons, angels, and even a snake (above), which she donned for a meeting on Iraq in 1994, after Saddam Hussein had called her a “serpent.”  The full story is in the Christian Science Monitor here.

The exhibition, which runs through the end of January 2010, coincides with the publication of Albright’s book of her memoirs, “Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box” (HarperCollins, 2009). Photo: John Bigelow Taylor

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