By Donna Fischer
It was Coco Chanel who once said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” The great American actress, Katherine Hepburn seems to have taken this sentiment to heart during her remarkable lifetime. She also shared Chanel’s daring attitude toward society’s rigid expectations for feminine attire. Hepburn was an independent spirit working in an industry where conformity was the safer choice. With four Academy Awards to her credit, and a slew of movie and stage roles to her name, Hepburn blazed a trail for women in many ways. Her costumes from film and stage are now on display at the Trout Museum for the Arts in Appleton. “Katherine Hepburn, Dressed for Stage and Screen” marks the first time this extensive collection from the Kent State University Museum has ventured to another museum in the Midwest. Fans of Hollywood’s glamorous past should not pass up the opportunity to see the very fabric that once draped Katherine Hepburn in some of her most memorable roles.