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Diana’s Dresses Go On Display

October 24, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Clothes worn by Princess Diana go on display this week at Kensington Palace, her former home, along with original sketches, patterns and embroidery specimens.

Included among the exhibits, which open to the public Wednesday, are the bold red dress Diana wore for her last official daytime engagement, which took place about five weeks before her death in an August 1997 car crash.

It was made for a 1995 visit to the United States, but the princess only felt confident enough to wear it two years later, said collection curator Joanna Marschner.

``The princess was in an upbeat mood to cheer up patients and crowds, so went back to this bright dress which had been put aside two years before,″ Marschner said.

Another display case reveals the design process for a silver-beaded black evening dress, worn for an official visit to India in 1992, which was inspired by an ornate, inlaid casket.

Also on display until the end of March are simple day dresses and suits made for Diana’s private use.

``This is a glimpse of her outfits,″ Marschner said. ``They have come full circle back to her home.″

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