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.