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Grace seemed almost perfect on screen but, in private, she looked even better than that; Exhibition hails princess of styleREVEALED HOLLYWOODF ASHION ICON'S PASSION FOR PRINGLE F ASHION ICON'S PASSION FOR PRINGLE.

Byline: Jenny Morrison

she was the Hollywood She was the Hollywood style queen who became a style queen who became a real-life princess.

Now one of the favourite items of Now one of the favourite items of clothing belonging to Grace Kelly is set clothing belonging to Grace Kelly is set to go on public display - and it's not a to go on public display - and it's not a couture ballgown or fur coat.

It is a simple black cashmere Pringle It is a simple black cashmere Pringle cardigan that she lovingly pas sed on to cardigan that she lovingly pas sed on to her eldest daughter, Princess Caroline. her eldest daughter, Princess Caroline.

It features in a new exhibition It features in a new exhibition celebrating 200 years of Hawi ck-based celebrating 200 years of Hawi ck-based knitwear "Pringle of Scotland . knitwear

And the curator - fashion historian And the curator - fashion historian Alistair O'Neill - says Princess Grace of Alistair O'Neill - says Princess Grace of Monaco's passion for Pringle was no Monaco's passion for Pringle was no public act.

The princess was one of several The princess was one of several Hollywood leading ladies who publicly Hollywood leading ladies who publicly endorsed the brand, but Alistair reveals endorsed the brand, but Alistair reveals it was also her clothing of cho ice away it was also her clothing of cho ice away from the limelight.

Grace's daughter, Princess Ca roline of Grace's daughter, Princess Ca roline of Hanover, allowed students from London's Hanover, allowed students from London's Central St Martins art school , where Central St Martins art school , where Alistair lectures, unprecedente d access Alistair lectures, unprecedente d access to her late mother's private wardrobe. to her late mother's private wardrobe.

there so shown rare family ey were also shown rare family snaps and home movies of Princess snaps and home movies of Princess Grace dressed in the Pringle outts Grace dressed in the Pringle outts she loved.

Alistair said: "It was a huge honour for Alistair said: "It was a huge honour for us. One of the photos shows Princess us. One of the photos shows Princess Grace wearing sunglasses and was Grace wearing sunglasses and was taken not long after her marriage. taken not long after her marriage.

"This is private image of a private "This is private image of a private moment and the Pringle garment she moment and the Pringle garment she is wearing is part of her own private wardrobe."

Alistair said that although Grace was Alistair said that although Grace was known for glamour and sophi stication known for glamour and sophi stication on set, she also had a strong sense of practicality.

He added: "She purchased a lot of He added: "She purchased a lot of her Scottish knitwear at London's her Scottish knitwear at London's Burlington Arcade and she liked to wear twinsets.

"In many ways her Pring le "In many ways her Pring le garments were a connection garments were a connection between her two lives - her life on camera and her private life.

"She liked twinsets as she liked "She liked twinsets as she liked the functionality of having two layers of knitwear.

"She might just wear the "She might just wear the jumper while fiming, then of jumper while lming, then o camera, while waiting for her camera, while waiting for her next scene, she could pull on the next scene, she could pull on the cardigan."

Famed for her generous nature, Princess Grace was known to give away her clothes - including many of her Pringle favourites - to her family and friends.

'th ardigan set to go on display in Edinburgh has been in Caroline's Edinburgh has been in Caroline's wardrobe. since her mother gave it to her wardrobe. since her mother gave it to her several years before her death in a car several years before her death in a car crash in 1982. She was just 52. crash in 1982. She was just 52.

Caroline. said she had been delighted Caroline. said she had been delighted to work with Alistair's fashion students to work with Alistair's fashion students on the project and even got in touch with on the project and even got in touch with her mother's former laundress to her mother's former laundress to Research Grace's wardrobe. Research Grace's wardrobe.

She said: "Marielle was our head She said: "Marielle was our head laundress. She arrived at the palace just laundress. She arrived at the palace just before I was born and she still remembers before I was born and she still remembers everything. everything.

"We had a lot of trouble fining things because my mother gave a lot away to because my mother gave a lot away to her friends and family. I pinched a few her friends and family. I pinched a few when I was 16, 17. when I was 16, 17.

"In the last 15 years of her life, my "In the last 15 years of her life, my mother dressed completely differently

"She would have gone more for very "She would have gone more for very warm clothes, because she was warm clothes, because she was always cold, always cold, "She would always have a scarf or a cashmere shawl.

"She had a lot of shawls from Pringle, she was such a faithful and enthusiastic customer." enthusiastic customer."

'the inburgh exhibition marks the company's bicentenary, tracing their evolution from a small hosiery firmfounded by Robert Pringle in 1815 to an international fashion knitwear brand.

Other highlights of the exhibition include a 1933 worn by golfer Gloria Minoprio, and a classic twinset designed by Otto Weisz.

Georgina Ripley, curator of modern and contemporary fashion and textiles at National Museums Scotland, said: "Pringle of Scotland has a long, rich and complex history, and has evolved to become one of the world's top heritage fashion brands."

Alistair added: "Fully Fashioned is a useful opportunity to not only mark Pringle's 200th anniversary, but to demonstrate the centrality of knitwear to the modern wardrobe.

the twinset has such an enduring sense of modernity about it, that it is exciting to be able to set this design classic into a broader context, showing how Scottish knitwear led thefild in modernising the 20th century wardrobe."

Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story' runs from April 10 to August 16 at the National Museum of Scot-Scotland, Edinburgh.

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ICON Grace and Caroline and, far right, again in one of her favourite woolens playing with Caroline and sister Stephanie on deck

CHIC Grace's Pringle collection

EFFORTLESS STYLE A relaxed Princess Grace in one of her favourite Pringle sweaters in a private family snap
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