Must see exhibit: Katharine Hepburn dressed for stage and screen

By Kate Torgovnick

Katharine Hepburn was apparently a pack-rat. Over the course of her career, she kept nearly all her costumes, from “Little Women” to “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to 1981′s “On Golden Pond.” Many of the exquisite pieces are on view starting tomorrow at the New York Library for the Performing Arts in the exhibit “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage or Screen.”

In addition to her more well-known costumes, one of the main attractions is the wedding gown Hepburn wore for her first major Broadway role, in “The Lake” in 1933, a total flop. And while the dresses are beautiful, there are of course also pants on display, as Hepburn is almost single-handedly responsible for co-opting them into women’s wardrobes. She famously said, “Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, ‘Try one. Try a skirt.’”

Also on display: Hepburn’s false eyelashes, reports the Associated Press.

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