Imelda Marcos, Dictator Of Taste?

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During her time as First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos was an enthusiastic patroness of the arts.

She has now become an object of inspiration to musicians and artists across the globe, with Imelda-inspired works including an elaborate song cycle, photographs, a film and a musical.

Mark Ellen explores the emergence of Imelda Marcos as an unlikely modern icon as David Byrne, Norman Cook and other artists and musicians inspired by her life consider why Imelda has mutated into a modern muse and whether she deserves such broadly sympathetic treatment.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.