What Is Katharine Hepburn's Pivotal Fashion

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This essay will discuss Katharine Hepburn- a pivotal fashion icon of the 1930s. Katherine Hepburn’s response to any man who says that he prefers a woman in a skirt – “Try one. Try a skirt.” (Barbara Lovenheim, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/12/katharine-hepburn-rebel-chic_n_1960010.html) This trademark line best describes the four time academy award(for best actress) (oscar)winner’s pivotal fashion style. Born in a progressive, liberal and forward thinking household in Connecticut on 12th May 1907 to Katharine Martha Houghton, a suffrage activist, and Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn, a urologist who sought to educate the public about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, she was the second of six children. Being the only girl…show more content…
(huffington post wala link, wkipedia and http://www.biography.com/people/katharine-hepburn-9335828#becoming-a-star) This was highly queer in the 1930s and 40s at a time when women wore constricting garter belts, stockings and conventional skirts and frilly dresses while she, unabashedly and arrogantly wore clothes that were highly inspired by menswear- trousers, androgenous khakis, masculine tailored jackets with crisp shirts in public. The public were not ready for a Hollywood starlet to wear trousers and mannish shirts. (taken a bit from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/12/katharine-hepburn-rebel-chic_n_1960010.html) It wasn’t as if she planned for her image to become as a fashion rebel in the public eye, wearing androgenous pants and suits long before it became conventional to do so. She simply chose the comfort and utility of the oversized shirts, pants and loafers over the unnecessary ornamentation and impracticality of the conventional waist accentuating feminine gowns, delicate dresses and stockings worn by so many women at the

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