Madeleine Albright Creates A Personal Style
with Her Pins
Read My Pins was an exhibit of the former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. Her collection consists of over 200+ brooches/pins. The Madeline Albright exhibition examined the collection’s historic significance and demonstrates the power of jewelry to be “ice breakers,” convey and/or communicate messages in social and political situations and create a personal style.
“The collection that Secretary Albright cultivated is distinctive and democratic—sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken—spanning more than a century of jewelry design and including fascinating pieces from across the globe. The Madeleine Albright works were chosen for their symbolic value, and while some are fine antiques, many are costume jewelry.”
“…. A highlight of the exhibition was the brooch that began Secretary Albright’s unusual use of pins as a tool in her diplomatic arsenal. After Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as a serpent, Secretary Albright wore a golden snake brooch pinned to her suit for her next meeting on Iraq…”
The exhibit book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box explores the stories behind these works and their historical and artistic significance.
Dr. Albright is author of three New York Times best-sellers: Madam Secretary: A Memoir, The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs and Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership.
* Material from the Museum of Arts and Design Website
Madeline Albright – Dr Albright has a B.A. from Wellesley College with honors in Political Science, and a Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government.