Imelda Marcos, who was the wife of Philippines dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, is most well known for her extensive shoe collection.
Imelda's shoe collection was extravagant and along with her shoes it was reported that the couple also accumulated foreign bank accounts and stashed away billions of dollars.
Recently, her extensive shoe and clothing collection were found ruined in a museum where they were being kept, neglectfully.
Imelda's legendary shopping trips would include buying buildings in New York, not just pricey shoes. She also had an extensive art collection including the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo. Her real estate in New York and art collection were later seized and a revolution in the Philippines known as the "People's Power" revolution forced them out of power in the 1980s and they fled the country.
Left behind was a collection of expensive clothes and artifacts from their reign including more than 1200 pairs of shoes left behind in her closet.
Ferdinand Marcos passed away in Honolulu in 1989. According to officials, 150 boxes of the Marcoses clothing including more than 1200 pairs of her shoes were moved from the presidential palace to the national museum two years after termites, humidty and mold threatened them.
Recently, museum officials entered the padlocked hallway where they were stored and forgotten after finding water leaking through the door. Here they were surprised to find her shoes, gowns and Ferdinand's shirts covered in water.
The museum is now underway, trying to rescue the damaged clothing.
Museum curator Orlando Abinion told the Associated Press, "We're doing a conservation rescue....It's unfortunate because Imelda may have worn some of these clothes in major official events and as such have an important place in our history.
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