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Every picture tells a story: Read My Pins tells Madeleine Albright's, brooch by brooch

"Liberty," 1997. Gijs Bakker, Netherlands.
"Liberty," 1997. Gijs Bakker, Netherlands.

"While President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying 'Read my lips,' I began urging colleagues and reporters to 'Read my pins.'" -- Madeleine Albright.

That's the basic story behind Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, an exhibit opening Sunday at the Denver Art Museum. A showcase of more than 200 pins from the former U.S. Secretary of State's own collection, the fabulous brooches signify much more than Albright's wicked sense of style. Each one also has a story attached, a hidden meaning culled from her life in the global political arena. The mixture of fashion and history is fascinating, and -- as you can see from the photo preview that follows -- also quite glamorous.

All photos by John Bigelow Taylor.

Can you guess the situation behind each pin? You'll have to see the show to find out.

"Blue Bird," circa 1880. Anton Lachmann, Austria.
"Blue Bird," circa 1880. Anton Lachmann, Austria.
" Serpent," 1860. Designer unknown, USA
" Serpent," 1860. Designer unknown, USA
"Foxy Lady," circa 1970. Lea Stein, France
"Foxy Lady," circa 1970. Lea Stein, France

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"Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil," 2000. Iradj Moini, USA.
"Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil," 2000. Iradj Moini, USA.

 

"Trailing Eagle," circa 1963. Les Bernard, USA.
"Trailing Eagle," circa 1963. Les Bernard, USA.
"Lion," 1968. Kenneth Jay Lane, USA.
"Lion," 1968. Kenneth Jay Lane, USA.

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"Colorful Bird," Iradj Moini, USA
"Colorful Bird," Iradj Moini, USA
"Bee," circa 1980. Designer unknown, USA.
"Bee," circa 1980. Designer unknown, USA.

 

" Cowgirl Hat," circa 1999. Ultra Craft, USA.
" Cowgirl Hat," circa 1999. Ultra Craft, USA.
"Castle," circa 2007 LJ, Turkey.
"Castle," circa 2007 LJ, Turkey.
"Fraternity Pin," 1957. Theta Delta Xi Fraternity.
"Fraternity Pin," 1957. Theta Delta Xi Fraternity.
"Berlin Wall," 1989. Gisela Geiger, USA.
"Berlin Wall," 1989. Gisela Geiger, USA.

 

"Uncle Same Top Hat," circa 1940. Trifari, USA.
"Uncle Same Top Hat," circa 1940. Trifari, USA.
Assorted dragonfly pins.
Assorted dragonfly pins.
Assorted insect pins.
Assorted insect pins.
Assorted flower pins.
Assorted flower pins.

For more information on Read My Pins, visit the DAM website.

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