Reality Show Concept Goes To Waste As Imelda Marcos’ Shoe Collection Gathers Mold

Hoarders. My Strange Addiction. Even What Not To Wear. The possibiliites are endless. One thing is for sure: reality show producers lost an opportunity with the infamous shoe collection of Imelda Marcos, wife of a Filipino dictator. The Guardian reports over 1,200 pairs of shoes abandoned by Marcos have been ruined by mold and termites.

Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos fled the Phillippines in a 1986 revolt and the dictator’s wife became internationally famous for her life of excess in a country riddled by poverty. Hundreds of items of clothing, including gowns and dress shirts, and thousands of pairs of shoes were eventually transferred from their former mansion to a museum, where they have been reportedly decayed in very un-museum like conditions. Her heels have been ravaged by terminated, grown moldy in humidity, and damaged by a tropical storm that stuck last year. 

Sure, the Marcos’ possessed a Helmsley-like greed and Romney-like tone deafness to the way their citizens actually lived. But any appreciator of fashion can’t help but feel like these ruined pieces — worth thousands, if not millions of dollars — are a damn shame.

Then again maybe there is a golden opportunity in all this … Dirty Jobs.

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