John Taylor / Museum of Arts and Design, New York
October 12, 2012
It's hard to fathom that Saddam Hussein inspired a fashion trend. But he did for Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of State under President Clinton.
It was after the first Gulf War, after she criticized Hussein during U.S. sanctions against Iraq, that a poem published in the government-controlled Baghdad press referred to her as an "unparalleled serpent." She wore a golden snake pin to her next meeting with Iraqi officials, and a tradition was born. From then on, wearing pins became an integral part of what she has referred to as "my personal diplomatic arsenal."