Margaret Thatcher's Suits Expected To Fetch £1,500 Each At Christie's

Now You Can Dress Like Maggie..

A rainbow collection of Margaret Thatcher’s 1970s power suits is expected to sell for thousands of pounds at auction on Monday.

The outfits, worn by the former Conservative prime minister in the early stages of her career, are believed to be the first set of clothes worn by Thatcher to go under the hammer.

The seven pieces are currently owned by a private collector, and will form part of Christie's "London sale", themed around the 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Business suits of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are seen on display at Christie's

The suits, which include a mint green number worn by Thatcher on the day she became Tory leader, are expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500.

Pat Frost, head of the textiles at Christie's described the sale as a "one-off opportunity", adding she was not aware of any clothing items of Margaret Thatcher's being sold at a public auction before.

"These outfits were worn at the beginning of her career, when she got the 'milk snatcher' tag, and were part of important moments like her introduction as leader at the Conservative Party conference."

The former Prime Minister is known for her love of bright colours

She told Vogue: "I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when she was choosing what to wear on each occasion - can you imagine the pressure of choosing when you are attending so many high-profile events so frequently?

"In these early days, bright colours were her choice - but as you know - blue is the party colour."

Many of the suits were worn at memorable moments throughout Thatcher's venue, including a canary yellow dress with navy trim, which she wore at her first party conference as leader in 1975.

According to the BBC, she is seen wearing the navy suit in an episode of Val Meets the VIPs, with former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton, and she wore the green suit in a 1972 edition of Panorama called Women in Politics.

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