Florida museum to exhibit Diana's gowns

April 5, 2004 at 7:38 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art will display a selection of gowns from the wardrobe of the late Diana Princess of Wales, including her wedding gown.

The show, titled "Diana, a Celebration," will open Oct. 10, it was announced Monday.

The collection has previously been on view at Althorp in England, the 500-year home of Diana's family, the Spencers, and her burial place. Her brother, Lord Charles Spencer, was in Fort Lauderdale last month to take part in arrangements for the first exhibition of the collection in the United States, to run through the end of the year.

The show will include 28 designer dresses by Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Coco Chanel, and Catherine Walker, along with more than 100 other items including jewelry, heirlooms, paintings, and photographs. The wedding gown will be displayed with its 25-foot train, diamond tiara, and bridesmaid dresses.

Since the collection went on display at Althorp in 1998, it has been viewed by 700,000 visitors even though the estate is only open to the public three months a year.

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