Kleider und Accessoires von Schweizer Politikerinnen. Foto: Michael Schoch, Johannes Stieger

On the occasion of the anniversary of 50 years of voting rights for women in Switzerland, the museum presents female costumes and accessories from the period from 1600 to the present day.

The exhibition (Robes Politiques. Frauen Macht Mode)  is theme-based in approach, without chronological ordering. The clothing of influential women is examined in six chapters from various viewpoints.

Fifty textile objects illustrate the tension between femininity and a position of power, between scandal and idealisation, between populism and representation, demonstrating how clothing is deployed for strategic purposes. The specific examples from various centuries and countries reveal continuous elements, developments and changes.