Katharine Hepburn fashion exhibition unveiled

Friday October 19, 2012

A new exhibition has been curated in celebration of actress Katharine Hepburn's fashion.

The actress was famed for wearing open collar shirts and khakis despite the garments being decidedly unconventional at the time.

Declared a free spirit, Katharine once said: "Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, 'Try one. Try a skirt.'"

Her extensive costume and fashion collection will be hosted at the New York Library for the Performing Arts, which will open on Thursday.

The collection includes nearly every costume from her career, including from The Philidelphia Story, The African Queen and On The Golden Pond. The actress received four Oscars during her acting career, as well as numerous nominations.

Curator of the exhibition Jean Druesedow said: "The fact that she wore slacks and wanted to be comfortable influenced women's ready-to-wear in the United States."

"That image said to the American woman 'Look you don't have to be in your girdle and stockings and tight dress. You can be comfortable. That was probably the first aspect of becoming a fashion icon."

Image: © Getty

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