Fancy Pants

Pants running. Pants standing. Best of all, pants doing a handstand. Pants are a perfect symbol of Katharine Hepburn’s unconventional approach to fashion and her exceptional Hollywood career. Decades before mainstream American women would dare to wear pants to work, Hepburn wore jeans on the studio lot in the early 1930s. The story goes that studio executives balked at her casual look (when her starlet contemporaries were dressed to the nines on set and off). They actually took away her jeans when she was busy filming in a desperate bid to make her conform to their ideas of fashion and propriety. Not to be outdone, Hepburn walked around the set in her underwear until her jeans were returned!To find out more about Katharine Hepburn and how she inspired fashion then and now, join us for our fashion show on May 10. Be sure and bring your mom for a Mother’s Day treat! Here are all the details:

Kate Couture: A Hepburn-Inspired Fashion Show

Saturday May 10 │ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm │ $25 per ticket │Tickets at

Kate Hepburn’s independent spirit and sense of style continues to influence the informal, elegant approach to American style seen on today’s runways.  Join experts from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, models from Miss Connecticut, and host Ann Nyberg to learn how to incorporate Hepburn’s style into your wardrobe. With refreshments and a visit to the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, it is a perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing. Space is limited, so don’t miss out! For more information, please call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email

Jennifer Steadman is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society

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