Friday, October 19, 2012

Kate's Closet

If you're a fan of old Hollywood and happen to be in New York City this fall, do yourself a favor and check out a special exhibition of Katharine Hepburn's costumes and personal effects at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  Hepburn, who seems to have been something of a pack rat, was deeply interested in the way costume could help an actor enrich her portrayal of a character.  Plus, her personal style is legendary.  

From The New York Times' write-up of the show: 
Organized by the Kent State University Museum, which acquired her performance clothes (as well as personal items like khakis, shoes and makeup) after her death in 2003, “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen” includes more than 40 costumes and other pieces she wore in plays and movies like “The Philadelphia Story,” “Adam’s Rib” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Also on display are letters, scripts and research notes that Hepburn made, and which are part of the library’s collection of her stage papers.
If your travel plans don't include the Big Apple, you can still pick up the accompanying book with essays by the curators discussing this iconic star and and her equally famous wardrobe. 

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