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Mata Hari Bodice
Mata Hari embodied all the romance of espionage and remains the most famous female spy in history. The iconic exotic dancer turned World War I spy is said to have seduced diplomats and military officers into giving up their secrets. She was later convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France. A dramatic performer to the very end, she refused to wear a blindfold or to be tied up—and as the soldiers raised their rifles, she blew a final kiss.
Nearly 100 years later, no female spy has captured the imagination of the public like Mata Hari. From her legendary conquests to her exotic costumes, she remains the archetype of the femme fatale, the seductive spy.
In our collection, the Spy Museum holds what is purported to be one of Mata Hari's metallic bodices – an elaborately worked gold filigree bra. The bustier is a significant memento of the seductive spy's provocative public persona. Due to its age, the bodice is in fragile condition and cannot be currently exhibited.
Join our mission and help conserve this iconic costume for generations to come.
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