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February 7 – April 26, 2015
With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine “Kate” Hepburn (1907-2003) is an American icon who dazzled silver screen, television and theater audiences with her extraordinary talent and fiercely independent spirit. As one of the greatest stars in Hollywood history, Hepburn worked with some the most revered fellow actors of the golden age of cinema, including Cary Grant, James Stewart, Spencer Tracey and John Wayne. She also challenged the norms of the day, taking control of her image and identity by establishing a unique sense of style that continues to resonate today.

The Durham Museum is pleased to present Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, an exclusive exhibition of Hepburn’s personal costume collection organized by the Kent State University Museum. The exhibit features more than 35 costumes worn in 21 films and 6 stage productions spanning Hepburn’s illustrious career. Among the items on display will be an ensemble of her signature tailored beige trousers and linen jackets, vintage posters, playbills, photos and other Hepburn-related artifacts, as well as stage costumes from The Philadelphia Story and Coco and screen costumes from Adam’s Rib and Stage Door. From classic Hollywood dresses to Kate’s personal “rebel chic,” the exhibition highlights how Hepburn’s sense of style influenced countless women and fashion designers. It helped to create the informal, elegant approach to American style seen on today’s runways. Come see how this true icon of American culture that came to epitomize the modern woman of the 20th Century.

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