Katharine Hepburn’s Costumes Star in New York Public Library Exhibition

Her performances are woven into the very fabric of our collective memory, and now the clothes which helped Katharine Hepburn flesh out her roles are starring in a wardrobe retrospective of the legendary luminary’s looks.

Through January 12, 2013 fans of films and fashion can visit the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at 40 Lincoln Center to view the icon’s vintage visions from the silver screen, ranging from a romantic ruffled Muriel King creation which shared the screen with Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden in the 1937 hit Stage Door to a daring noir number from Walter Plunkett which the star slipped into for a scene from Adam’s Rib, her 1949 comedy with Spencer Tracy.

Hepburn’s silhouettes from the stage share billing with the actress’s big screen style, among them a Chanel suit that helped the actress sew up her portrayal of the fashion icon, and a satin and lace wedding dress from Howard Greer which audiences admired during a 1934 production of “The Lake.”

Continuing the thread of the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibition, some of the star’s then-groundbreaking garments are also on display, as are film stills, movie posters, playbills and other artifacts which fashion a portrait of an American classic.

The exhibition was made possible by the Kent State University Museum, which unveiled the exhibit in 2010:

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