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Hillary Clinton’s Wardrobe Featuring Bright Colors

January 20, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ If inaugural week typifies the four years to come, the new first lady could have women brightening up their wardrobes.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has been favoring jewel colors - emeralds, deep purples, reds - and flowing coats.

No word had been released late Tuesday on her outfit for the swearing-in, but the inaugural gown that will be enshrined in the Smithsonian’s American History Museum is to be a long sheath in violet leaf-patterned lace with a fitted bodice and long sleeves.

A big overskirt of blue-violet chiffon opens at the front of the gown by 37-year-old New York designer Sarah Phillips.

On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Clinton wore a carnation red cashmere dress by California designer Cliff Chally with long sleeves and a matching belt for a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

Her Leslie Fay black wool coat with a faux fur trim was set off by a wool multicolored floral print scarf.

During the afternoon, she switched to Connie Fails purple wool jersey dress with a turtleneck, long sleeves and trumpet skirt and wore a colorful Connie Fails coat to celebrate the Salute to Youth and Children at the Kennedy Center.

The coat ″was a whimsical, multicolored print with a parrot motif, which was made for a celebration for children,″ said her press office. Faux mouton forms the collar and deep cuffs.

For the Presidential Gala Tuesday evening, Mrs. Clinton chose a red lace and silk Martha Dixon gown with jewel neckline and lace bodice adorned with satin ribbons and beads with a silk pleated skirt gracefully descending to the floor.