Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

Sunday Feb 22 is the last day of the exhibition Are you ready Madam President?

This exhibition has been extremely well visited and is now running to an end, roughly one year from its opening.

Former president of Iceland, Madam Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the first woman in the world to be democratically elected president by her nation. Over the course of her successful 16-year presidency, Vigdís not only blazed a trail to new prominence for women in Western societies, but was also faced with shaping a sartorial tradition for women in such positions. Vigdís’s presence at events was always sought after, and she had to pay constant attention to her wardrobe for different occasions, a task that was added to the many responsibilities of the president and her staff.

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The exhibition "Are you ready Madam President?" on Madam Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former president of Iceland, has been extended until 2015. The exhibition has been widely visited and applauded. A catalogue was published in English and Icelandic as a compliment to the exhibition. Groups can order special guided tour in English or French. Please e-mail us.

 

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A guided tour with Astridur Magnusdottir - Are you ready Madam President?  

 

On July 13th at 2pm, Astridur Magnusdottir daughter of former president of Iceland, Madam Vigdis Finnbogadottir, will give a guided tour. Astridur was seven years old when her mother was elected president of Iceland in 1980, the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as her country's head of state. Astridur will reminisce from her childhood and explain the structure of the exhibition. Astridur is a member of the exhibition committee.

 

Free entrance on the Icelandic Museum Day!

 

 

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Are you ready, Madam President?

The exhibition Are You Ready, Madam President? examines the wardrobe of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, a public figure in Icelandic society. Vigdís was fifty years old when she was the first woman to be elected as her nation’s head of state in a democratic election. Throughout her 16 years in office as President of Iceland, she was sought after as a head of state and a role model. Her presence and participation were requested on a variety of occasions, not only here at home but around the world. Vigdís’s projects and activities in her first years in office did much to shape a certain image of her. She represented the country and the nation and was always conscious of the trust the nation had placed in her. Surrounded by suit-clad officials, she was a fearless trailblazer in both word and deed. This shaping of a public image was not least manifested in her choice of attire, and from the very first she was a symbol of the elegant modern female, supported by men and women alike.

2014-02-06T00:00:00 to 2015-02-22T00:00:00
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