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December 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Madeleine Albright’s powerful pins coming to Bellevue

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright always went forth armed with diplomatic acumen and a snazzy brooch pinned to her jacket. She picked out many of them based not on their price tag, but what they symbolized; after Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent,” she wore a snake pin to a meeting with Iraqi higher-ups. And thus a tradition was born. Her collection of more than 200 pins is coming to the Bellevue Arts Museum March 13-June 7  in an exhibit called “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection.” She takes a global approach to her collection. The snake is from the 19th century. A little model of the U.S. Capitol is a 1970 piece from renowned costume jewelry maker Monet. Another brooch in the exhibit is called, appropriately, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” and was made in 1982.

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