An exhibition made to measure for fans of both film and fashion, the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford has just unveiled “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen”– a look at some of the apparel and accessories which played supporting roles in the career of a cinematic legend.
Through September 13, 2014 visitors can view more than 40 vintage visions which helped the icon flesh out her characters, from wedding gowns worn in stage productions of The Lake and The Philadelphia Story and a Chanel suit which aided the actress when she stepped into the shoes of a fashion great for the TV production Coco, to styles that starred in Adam’s Rib (a Walter Plunkett masterpiece); Stage Door (a Muriel King creation); and a garment from the groundbreaking movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Seamlessly woven throughout the exhibition are artifacts which shine a spotlight on entertainment history, including playbills, movie posters and a collection of photos.
Along with the wardrobe retrospective, the museum is also paying tribute to the Connecticut-born star on May 10th with Kate Couture: A Hepburn-Inspired Fashion Show; Katharine Hepburn’s Hollywood Career: An Overview with Jeanine Basinger on May 28th; the lecture series Katharine Hepburn: From Hartford to Hollywood on June 4th, 11th and 18th; and a day-long Katharine Hepburn Film Festival on June 14th.
For more information:
- visit www.chs.org/hepburn
The following video from Kent State University offers a behind the seams look at some of the movie costumes which star in the traveling exhibition: Photo Credit: Amazon