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Hepburn - A Fashion Icon (and it's not Audrey)


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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is the location for an exhibition "hailing the fashion sense of Katharine Hepburn."

 

A new exhibition is hailing the fashion sense of Katharine Hepburn, whose trademark khakis and open-collar shirts were decidedly unconventional in the 1930s and 40s, when girdles and stockings were the order of the day.

The fiercely independent Hepburn famously once said: "Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, 'Try one. Try a skirt.""

But skirts and dresses abound in "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which opens Thursday.

Hepburn, who died in 2003 at age 96, saved almost all the costumes from her long career that included four Oscars and such memorable films as "The Philadelphia Story," ''The African Queen," ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "On Golden Pond." Forty are on view at the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 12.

 

KATHARINE HEPBURN EXHIBIT: "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th Street west of Broadway),

Open Monday-Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Free.

 

The exhibit runs from now through January 12, 2013.

Read More Here -

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/18/nyregion/ap-us-travel-nyc-katharine-hepburn-exhibition.html?ref=aponline&pagewanted=print

 

http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/katharine-hepburn-dressed-stage-and-screen

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> The fiercely independent Hepburn famously once said: "Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, 'Try one. Try a skirt."

 

I'd like to see how a kilt-wearing Scotsman would have responded to this.

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Yes, got an item on Facebook about this recently...

 

Show was originally done at Kent State University Museum that received her costumes from her estate (as is stated in the links Kyle provided):

http://www.kent.edu/news/announcements/success/celebratekate.cfm

 

 

A video about the original show is here explaining what is featured:

 

http://www.kent.edu/news/video/hepburn.cfm

 

A book of essays and photos has been published that features many of the costumes in the exhibit. It's titled: "Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic."

This article contains a slideshow of photos from the book:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/09/first-look-katharine-hepburn-rebel-chic.html

 

One interesting thing, I suppose, about Miss Hepburn was that she had a 20 inch waist!

Or maybe she forced herself into that size? I don't know...

 

Remember touring a local historic site that had once been the home of a prominent family in the 19th century and being shown some of the dresses worn by the women and surprised to see how small the waists were. Apparently that was the fashion - called "wasp waist" -and women did not eat much to maintain that size. Of course, corsets and girdles were used to help reach that small waist size:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasp_waist

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Just a few years before she passed away my Mother mentioned that when she was in high school(mid '40's), all the girls in her school thought that Kate was a "****" because she wore slacks more than skirts.

 

 

Of course at the time my Mother was telling me this, SHE was wearing slacks. As I looked at her slacks with furrowed brow, she laughed and said, "Don't even THINK it!"

 

 

I don't know if Kate was the catalyst for women to wear slacks more or not, but she did make them look stylish. And fashion designers carried that ball with both amazing and pathetic results. As they do with just about anything.

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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