02 September 2012 by

Get Your Hands On Margaret Thatcher's Suits At Auction And Be The Ultimate Power Dresser

Get Your Hands On Margaret Thatcher's Colourful Suits At Auction And You'll Be The Ultimate Power Dresser

GALLERY >> Maggie's Style At Christie's

We may never get the chance to walk in the Prime Minister's shoes (and quite frankly, David Cameron's summer sandals aren't really our cup of tea) but today Christie's is giving us the chance to buy a slice of Downing Street style. The legendary auction house is selling seven of Margaret Thatcher's iconic power suits, which she wore in the early 1970s, and we can't think of a better way to bag a slice of British history than with one of Maggie's authentic pussy bows.

The special London-themed event takes place this very day to celebrate the Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics all in one shebang. So which of the Iron Lady's colourful threads will be hitting the block? Click through the gallery above to find out and take your pick from the array of rainbow brights...

1. Apricot

The first auction-worthy garment is this elegant apricot pink wool skirt suit with gilt basket-work buttons over a matching salmon-pink chiffon blouse. Our Mags wore it during an interview about, err, moisturiser with Sue MacGregor for a 1971 edition of the documentary series Analysis.

2. Yellow

Next up is Mansfield's canary yellow dress worn by Ms Thatcher as she stood alongside Ted Heath at the Conservative Party conference in 1975. It's certainly an eye-catcher.

3. Silver

Ooh snazzy! This double-breasted lame cocktail coat by Susan Small is also going under the hammer. K-Middy, eat yer heart out.

4. Green

If you've got a penchant for sharp tailoring, this green wool dress suit, which Baroness Thatcher wore for the Women In Politics Panorama programme in 1972, is the one for you.

5. Turquoise

The next lot is this turquoise suit that Maggie sported to accept the leadership of the Conversative Party in February 1975, jazzed up by a '70s-tastic pussy bow.

6. Navy

The navy business suit that Lady Thatcher wore in an episode of Val Meets the VIPs, with former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton, is also available. How fab is that polka dot lining on the collar and cuffs? Yes, very fab.

7. Grey

And finally, we have a tweed suit that was hand-woven in Ireland by Donegal Textiles. All the dresses have been given estimates of £1,000-£1,500 and considering one of Maggie's black Asprey handbags sold for £25,000 last year, we'd say that's quite the steal. Go, Tory fans, GO!


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