The Iron Lady’s POWER SUITS on sale

Margaret Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century and the only woman ever to have held the post. She was given the nickname ‘Iron Lady’ due to her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

This dominant style was also reflected on her appearance, conveying confidence and professionalism through her dress and hairstyle. Same rules apply to her outfits as described earlier in my ‘Is the Queen fashionable in Australia” post.
She had to use bold, colorful accents in order to stand out from the crowd and heighten the impression she left on others. Bright colors like canary yellow, red, apricot and turquoise are perfect choices to get people’s attention, especially being surrounded by a sea of dark suited male politicians.

Her suits on sale as part of a British-themed auction at Christie’s held in September are great examples of ‘power dressing’. The power suit is a type of office suit associated with the 1980’s, characterized by sharp cuts and wide shoulder pads. It must be respectful, classic and very well color coordinated. I’ve collected a couple of examples from her career below:

Baroness Thatcher in front of her home returning from the hospital after an operation on her broken arm in 2009, wearing apricot

Apricot outfit on sale – worn by Margaret Thatcher in a BBC documentary in 1971


Margaret Thatcher in 1984 with Ronald Reagan at Camp David, wearing green

Green dress on sale worn for the ‘Women in politics’ Panorama program in 1972


At the opening of the new Margaret Thatcher Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2009, wearing light blue

Turquoise business suit on sale, worn by her for the House of Commons


Margaret Thatcher in navy blue: she chose the 1977 portrait for her campaign poster

And this is the power suit she wore when she accepted the leadership of  the Conservative Party in 1975.

All suits will go under the hammer for an estimate of  £1,000 – £1,500 each.

More on powerful women in fashion:

3 Most Powerful Women in Fashion

Grace Coddington’s Memoir

Supermodels Then and Now

Fashion Editors Became the New Celebrities

Is the Queen Fashionable in Australia?


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