What is this?

September 9, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Our 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 have highlighted an object from the exhibit and explored its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?


Boa, KSUM Collection, Gift of the Estate of Katharine Hepburn


It’s a boa! It is usually worn wrapped around the neck like a scarf. This feathered accessory was worn by Katharine Hepburn in the 1969 film, The Madwoman of Chaillot. Based on the play by Jean Giraudoux, the script was updated by Bryan Forbes. Countess Aurelia, played by Hepburn, and her eccentric friends set about to save the world from corruption and greed by stopping conspirators from drilling for oil under the streets of Paris. Richard Chamberlain and Yul Brynner also appear in the film.

Unfortunately, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen closes Saturday, September 13! If you haven’t been to CHS yet to see it, now is your last chance. You can visit the museum galleries from now until Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also visit the galleries on Saturday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

To cap off such a successful run, we are sending off Katharine Hepburn with a big laugh! Join us at CHS on Friday, September 12 for Chocolate and Chuckles to sample chocolate and wines while SeaTea Improv performs a Hepburn-themed show with audience participation games. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online here.

It’s been a blast to host such a fun collection of costumes from a Connecticut legend!

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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. All public programs and tours are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule some of the events if possible.