Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen Exhibit

The Upcountry History Museum will bring Hollywood chic to the Upstate as it hosts the Katharine Hepburn-Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibition.
With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine “Kate” Hepburn is an American icon who dazzled silver screen, television, and theater audiences with her extraordinary talent, keen sense of contemporary fashion, and fiercely independent spirit.

This exclusive exhibition of Hepburn’s private collection will make its Southeastern United States debut in Greenville, South Carolina. Featuring over 35 free-standing costumes worn in 21 films and 6 stage productions spanning Hepburn’s illustrious career, the 2500 square foot project will be the first major costume exhibition in the Upstate South Carolina.

Hepburn’s sixty-year career is further highlighted through the display of costumes worn for publicity shots and in private life; including Hepburn’s signature look, an ensemble of tailored beige trousers and linen jackets. Also on exhibit are film stills, photographs, posters, playbills and related objects.

In addition to introducing visitors to the renowned actress, role model, and fashion icon, the project also showcases some of the best costume designers of the time. Valentina, Howard Greer, Cecil Beaton, and Jane Greenwood, who designed stage costume for Hepburn; Walter Plunkett, Irene, Muriel King, Edith Head and Margaret Furse, who designed her film costumes.

Katharine Hepburn is the most honored actress in the history of American film, with four Academy Awards for Best Actress and eight other Academy Award nominations. Hepburn’s “star power” appeal, the allure of fashion, the mystique of Hollywood, and the exhibit’s proven success in drawing large audiences both nationally and internationally ensures both local and out-of-town attendance.

On loan from Kent State University Museum, the project will include an extensive list of related programming.

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