Interview with Madeleine Albright about her collection

She said that she has a lot of things that she would like to share. She has many wonderful memories of her childhood. Her mother was very supportive of her and helped her to achieve greatness. When she had problems during her early years, her mother always gave her encouragement. When she was in school, she used to look forward to the day when she would graduate and go to college. Her mother was so proud of her. She wanted her daughter to become an outstanding person. During her college years, she met the man of her dreams. He taught her many things and supported her until they got married. When she became president, she wanted to share her wealth of knowledge and wisdom with the people. As a result of her knowledge, her country became a great success. Albright was one of the first women to be secretary of state. She is the first woman to be elected as the leader of a free nation. She worked hard to develop a healthy relationship between the United States and Israel. She was able to establish peace between these two countries. She is also one of the most powerful women in the world today. She believes that it is important for women to be empowered. Women should take on leadership positions to help other women. In her opinion, the United States has done well because it is one of the most feminist countries. 


“I am very proud of my collection. It was so hard to start collecting things, and it took me almost 20 years to complete them. But I'm happy that I did. When I started collecting art, I bought items in galleries and art fairs. I also bought art from flea markets and antique stores. I learned more about collecting as I continued.

I have been lucky to know some people who introduced me to art. One person I know is Michael Jackson. He is a singer and he has a great sense of style. He loves collecting artwork. I've known him since he was a child. I met him when he was still young. He is one of the people that inspired me to collect.

There were times that I didn't feel like collecting anything. I went into a depression for a while because I didn't know how to start collecting and how to go about it. It took me a long time to get over that depression, but now I am glad that I did because my collection is so amazing.”


Learn about her background and fashion style

Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; May 15, 1937 – March 23, 2022) was an American diplomat and political scientist who served as the 64th United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Albright was the first woman to hold that post.[4]

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Albright immigrated to the United States after the 1948 communist coup d'état when she was eleven years old. Her father, diplomat Josef Korbel, settled the family in Denver, Colorado, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1957. Albright graduated from Wellesley College in 1959 and earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1975, writing her thesis on the Prague Spring. She worked as an aide to Senator Edmund Muskie from 1976 to 1978, before serving as a staff member on the National Security Council under Zbigniew Brzezinski. She served in that position until 1981, when President Jimmy Carter left office.


After leaving the National Security Council, Albright joined the academic faculty of Georgetown University in 1982 and advised Democratic candidates regarding foreign policy. Following the 1992 presidential election, Albright helped assemble President Bill Clinton's National Security Council. She was appointed United States ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997, a position she held until her elevation as secretary of state. Secretary Albright served in that capacity until President Clinton left office in 2001.


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Discover the history behind her brooches

The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 pins, most of the costume variety, which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message before, during, and after her years of public service, including the years she led the Department of State, from 1997 to 2001.

Sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken, these pins were used as gentle implements of statecraft. Their stories and messages reflect the Secretary’s sense of humor and her humanity and are visual educational tools of cultural diplomacy.  

The original traveling exhibition was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and featured the pins on 50 panels plus 12 free-standing pins, many of which the incomparable Secretary Albright donned to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Sparkling with Albright’s wit and brio, the collection is notable for its historic significance as well as for demonstrating the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language all its own.


Find out about the different ways she has used them

After the Gulf War, when the U.S. was seeking the passage of resolutions for tougher sanctions on Iraq, Albright said Iraq's state-controlled media "compared me to an 'unparalleled serpent'," she told Smithsonian Magazine in a story from June 2010 about the museum's exhibit "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection." Albright had just the elaborate jewelry piece to counter the charge: a gold pin of a snake coiled around a branch with a jewel hanging from its mouth.

When she wore it to the meeting on Iraq, "the press asked me about it, I thought, 'this is a lot of fun.' I was the only woman on the Security Council, and I decided to go shopping for some more costume jewelry.

On good days, I wore flowers, butterflies, and balloons. On bad days, I wore bugs and carnivorous animals.

I thought it was a good visual way to deliver a message.



Some of Albright's brooches weren't just jewelry. They had stories behind them, too. They were her way of giving back to the world.

After meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Sarah went to her hotel wearing a bee because she was going to deliver a sharp message.

Learning that the Russians had bugged a room at the State Department, Albright, on her next meeting with Russian diplomats, wore a very large bug pin and they knew exactly what she was saying.

As Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, Albright "became more deliberate in the way that I used the symbolism of my pins," she said. "I was representing the United States, so it was important that I looked dignified, but I also loved dressing like a woman, and the pins helped inject some humor, personality, and messaging into what were very serious times.



During those years, one of Albright's pins caught the eye of Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks about the Kremlin's war in Chechnya.

"When I went to Russia with President Bill Clinton for a summit, I wore a pin with the hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no evil monkeys, because the Russians never would talk about what was really going on during their conflict with Chechnya," she told Smithsonian Magazine. "Putin asked why I was wearing those monkeys. I said, because of your Chechnya policy. He was not amused. I probably went too far."

Even after leaving the office, Albright continued to send messages. She wore a glass ceiling pin when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was running for president in 2016. "It shows the glass ceiling in its ideal condition – which is shattered," she said.



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