What is this?

April 22, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits ·

dustpan-thumbOur newest exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, showcases over 40 costumes form Hepburn’s illustrious film and stage career. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Beige slacks worn by Katharine Hepburn, KSUM 2010.12.105, Gift of the Estate of Katharine Hepburn

Beige slacks worn by Katharine Hepburn, KSUM 2010.12.105, Gift of the Estate of Katharine Hepburn

Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt I say, ‘Try one, Try a skirt.’ ” – Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn owned more than thirty pair of slacks, most in shades of beige and brown. The seven on display in the exhibition were custom made, either in theater shops such as Brooks Van Horne or Ray Diffin’s, or in department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue.

Katharine Hepburn in beige slacks with her legs casually draped over furniture or tucked under her is an enduring image, and one that continues to resonate with women today.

Learn how to incorporate Hepburn’s style into your wardrobe with the help of fashion experts from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and models from Miss Connecticut as they bring Kate Couture from the screen to the catwalk. With refreshments and a visit to the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, it is a perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing. And don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket to win great prizes from Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Ann Taylor, Hartford Stage, and more!

Kate Couture: A Hepburn-Inspired Fashion Show will take place on Saturday May 10 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

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