Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is famous for the many brooches she wore while traveling around the world on her government duties. Now more than 200 of her favorite pieces are going on display at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City this September. Albright often used her jewelry to express her mood. Newsday reports that one of the pieces on display will be the golden snake pin she wore to a meeting on Iraq after Saddam Hussein's government called her a serpent.
"Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection" showcases Albright's diverse collection and the messages they send. Some of her pieces are patriotic including flags, eagles and the Statue of Liberty. Others are more whimsical portraying on flora and fauna. The collection is not particularly valuable but it is an interesting record of a diplomatic career as expressed in jewelry.
The exhibition runs from Sept. 30 though Jan. 31, 2010 and will travel to other cities. There will also be a book, "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box," written by Albright.