Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen Exhibit

This past week, I went to an exhibit featured at The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin with my mom and brother. This exhibit featured several articles of clothing and accessories from Katharine Hepburn's film and theatre career and personal estate, spanning from the 1930's to the 1970's. Including a few pairs of slacks; a major part of Katharine's signature look.
I had a wonderful time at this exhibit and loved all of the items collected and preserved. Seeing the wear on some of the pieces and repairs made on them, quite possibly done by Katharine herself, was quite special. Being able to get close to the garments without being restricted by glass was so nice, especially when you're interested in historical and vintage clothing and sewing like me.
Since I was at a museum, I chose not to take pictures for the sake of respect and preservation. However, I did scan the pages of my exhibit brochure and took some pictures of my Katharine Hepburn inspired ensemble. Here are scans from my brochure.

Here are some pictures I found online of my favorite dresses in the exhibit. You can find pictures of most of the costumes that are featured on Pinterest.

A very pretty dress Katharine wore in Stage Door, 1937

 Kent State Museum - Katharine Hepburn movie costumes
 A gorgeous black dress worn in Adam's Rib, 1949
Kent State Museum - Katharine Hepburn movie costumes
A stunning wedding gown worn in The Lake, 1933

Kent State Museum - Katharine Hepburn movie costumes
A beautiful dressing gown worn in State of the Union, 1948

When I saw this magazine on display in the exhibit, I was happy to see that her makeup on the cover kind of resembled my makeup for the day!
via Pinterest

Here is what I wore to the exhibit:

Hat: Thrifted (flower accessory from Forever21)
Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Forever21
Slacks: Homemade by me
Shoes and bag: Target

Photos taken by my brother.

If you ever get a chance to see this exhibit, I highly recommend it!



  1. Katherine Hepburn was such a beautiful and intelligent lady. I read her biography some time ago. Besides I like your outfit. You managed to create a vintage look - that suits you so well - with only one vintage item, the hat. That's a gift/talent. Have a nice week.

  2. wow, that high street fashion can look so super vintage-y. adorable outfit, dear gal!

  3. That sounds like an amazing exhibit! Color me jealous. And I LOVE your outfit. The pants! The hat! - Erika at funwithvintage.wordpress.com

  4. This exhibit looks fabulous and you look too adorable, love your outfit!