The exhibition Are You Ready, Madam President? examines the wardrobe of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, a public figure in Icelandic society. Vigdís was fifty years old when she was the first woman to be elected as her nation’s head of state in a democratic election. Throughout her 16 years in office as President of Iceland, she was sought after as a head of state and a role model. Her presence and participation were requested on a variety of occasions, not only here at home but around the world. Vigdís’s projects and activities in her first years in office did much to shape a certain image of her. She represented the country and the nation and was always conscious of the trust the nation had placed in her. Surrounded by suit-clad officials, she was a fearless trailblazer in both word and deed. This shaping of a public image was not least manifested in her choice of attire, and from the very first she was a symbol of the elegant modern female, supported by men and women alike.