Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Lady Was Not for Turning but Is the V&A?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Lady Was Not for Turning but Is the V&A?

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Byline: Emma Johnson

FEW would disagree that no prime minister before or since has created the level of controversy orbeen able to divide opinion the way Margaret Thatcher did.

And, it seems, even in death the Iron Lady is still capable of stirring up trouble.

Earlier this week the Victoria and Albert Museum hit the headlines after the renowned exhibits archive was accused of 'snubbing' an offer to display a collection of clothes belonging to the Tory Baroness who died in 2013.

It was claimed the V&A - which just recently hosted the recordbreaking Savage Beauty exhibition of Alexander McQueen pieces - "politely declined" the clothes a couple of years ago, because it "tends to focus on acquiring examples of outstanding aesthetic or technical quality".

The subtext seemed to be that Thatcher's clothes were not "fashiony" enough and the items in question - more than 300 of them - will now be auctioned off by Christie's next month.

However you feel about Thatcher's politics, it is absurd to try and separate her from fashion. From the blue velvet number she wore for her wedding, to the claret two-piece she donned to tender her resignation in 1990, everything she put on was carefully considered. Her wardrobe was her armour and she was power dressing long before the term even existed.

Patron saint of |blouses: Margaret pictured back in There does not appear to be a pussy bow blouse among the items being auctioned but arguably no-one did more for their cause than she did (well maybe Spandau Ballet).

No sooner had the V&A 'snub' come to light than people - in fairness, mainly Tories - were up in arms.

However Dame Vivienne Westwood - hardly a Thatcherite - also weighed in on the debate telling one newspaper that while she was no "fan"of the late politician: "She was certainly in her lifetime the bestdressed woman. …

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