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When you think of Margaret Thatcher, fashion is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind. But as it turns out, style was an integral part of the British Prime Minister’s childhood, and later adulthood, as you can see in highlights from the Christie’s auction, “Mrs. Thatcher: Property from the Collection of the Right Honorable The Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, LG, OM, FRS.” In between, say, leading England through financial crisis or managing international relations with Russia and China like it’s no big deal, the Iron Lady was actually an early adopter of the power suit and the statement bag.

In an interview in Vogue in 1985, Thatcher talked about her mother being a professional dressmaker and the impact fashion has had on her life. “[I was] brought up to know the importance of cut,” she said, adding that “anything I can do to highlight the spotlight on British fashion, I do.” She favored Brit brands such as Aquascutum and Francois Neckar and handbags by Launer.

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Margaret Thatcher in a power suit and signature pearls.

Christie’s gave us a preview of some of the most stylish and significant lots in the auction, which will take place in London on December 15, and now you’ve got another reason to look up to England’s first female Prime Minister.

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Thatcher’s midnight blue velvet wedding dress from 1951 had a matching muff and feathered cap. It’s said to be inspired by a Gainsborough painting of Giorgiana Duchess of Devonshire.

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Thatcher’s Prime Ministerial Dispatch Box was used to cart off speeches.

 

 

 

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There’s lots of art deco fine jewelry in the sale. Thatcher wore this diamond brooch, circa 1800, in her official portrait.

 

Talk about fashion history!


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