The world will remember Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister who died today at age 87, as the tough-as-nails “Iron Lady.” But for us fashion lovers, she will also be remembered for her signature style, which rarely varied over the course of her political career.
Thatcher was known for her conservative skirt suits, which she paired with a variety of silky blouses. “I’m always safe in it,” she once said of her classic ensemble. She was fond of pearls, wearing them as earrings, necklaces or brooches.
But her most famous accessory of all was her black leather handbag. Thatcher had many versions, including a boxy Asprey style that was auctioned off for $39,800 at Christie’s in 2011. (The then-prime minster reportedly brought the Asprey bag to several key state meetings in the 1980s, including sit-downs with Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.)
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December 1951 With husband Denis on their wedding day at Wesley’s Chapel in London.
April 1968 Arriving at the Dorchester Hotel for an event.
October 1959 Receiving a telegraph at her Farnborough home following her election as MP.
October 1970 At the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool with Roger Mountford.
June 1975 Wearing a European flag jumper to attend a pro-market rally.
July 1970 Sitting on the Conservative front bench during the state opening of Parliament in her role as Secretary Of State For Education.
1979 At Westminister Abbey with husband Denis wearing a signature pussy bow blouse.
October 1988 Meeting designer Zandra Rhodes in London.
April 10 1992 Leaving London’s Claridge’s Hotel following an event.
October 26 1982 In a button-front red dress and pearls while on an official visit to China. Photo By Rex Features
May 1979 Arriving at 10 Downing Street with husband Denis after being named the country’s first female Prime Minister.
November 1986 At Camp David – the country retreat of the President of the United States – with Ronald Reagan. Photo By Rex Features
November 28 1990 Leaving 10 Downing Street for the last time with husband Denis. Photo By PA Photos
November 15 1990 At her 10 Downing Street desk wearing signature pearls and a purple houndstooth jacket. Photo By PA Photos
May 6 1994 Dressed in monochrome at the official opening of Waterloo International Station in London.
November 1 2010 Returning to her London home after two weeks in hospital with ‘flu. Photo By PA Photos
October 13 2012 In a powder blue coat on her 87th birthday with son Mark and his wife Sarah. Photo By Rex Features