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Princess Diana's iconic style goes on show in Kildare

By Mark Edwards

A new exhibition showcasing some of Princess Diana's most famous outfits has opened in the Republic.

Diana, A Fashion Legacy, was launched at the Museum of Style Icons in Co Kildare to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.

The exhibition includes the original toile, an early version of Princess Diana's dress for her wedding to Prince Charles, which was co-designed and created by Elizabeth Emanuel, who opened the exhibition yesterday.

The designer said the dress had to be changed many times as the princess lost weight in the weeks leading up to her nuptials.

"Diana, like many nervous brides, must have lost about a stone-and-a-half in weight during the run-up to the wedding," Ms Emanuel said.

"The actual gown was only made up in silk based on this final toile at the last possible moment to ensure the most accurate fit, and there was a limited amount of the specially woven silk available."

Other items on show include a leather-bound royal wedding album, including the order of service for the marriage, 'ceremonial' invitations to 'Mr and Mrs D Emanuel' for both the wedding and reception, passes, seat reservations, Press clippings, photographs and souvenirs.

The free exhibition runs until September 30.

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