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Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic

Written by Jean Druesedow, Contribution by Kohle Yohannan, Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Nancy MacDonell and Judy Samelson

  • October 2, 2012
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Fashion
  • Skira Rizzoli
  • 7-1/2 x 10
  • $40.00
  • $42.50
  • 978-0-8478-3891-2

About This Book

The first book to celebrate the irreverent and original style of Katharine Hepburn -- icon of stage and screen. Glamorous when she wanted to be and tomboyish when she didn’t, Katharine Hepburn developed her personal style and public image as a style rebel. Whether on stage, on screen, or in private life, Hepburn had a firm grasp on the power of her appearance. Rather than submit to studio image makers, she controlled her image and drew on her own proclivities to create a distinct antifashion persona. This book presents the famously headstrong star in a new light: as a style icon. Through images of Hepburn’s on-screen and off-screen wardrobes and essays by top fashion historians, this book reveals how modern Hepburn’s insouciance and idiosyncratic manner of dressing really was and shows her as an inspirational, self-styled counterpoint to the over-managed looks of celebrities today. Full of never-before-published images of Hepburn’s costumes and personal wardrobe, Katharine Hepburn is a refreshing look at a true fashion original.

About the Author

Jean Druesedow is the director of the Kent State University Museum and was formerly the president of the Costume Society of America. Barbara Cohen-Stratyner is the curator of exhibitions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Nancy MacDonell is a fashion journalist and author. Judy Samelson is the former editor of Playbill magazine. Kohle Yohannan is a historian, curator, and the author of several fashion books, including Valentina (Rizzoli, 2009).

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Reviews

  • "Apart from her performances, Hepburn had a style far ahead of its time. Maybe we take that for granted. I loved a picture of Hepburn in "Rebel Chic." Taken in 1932, around the time she made "A Bill of Divorcement," she's on the RKO lot wearing a pair of faded jeans and a mink coat, with a scarf knotted at her neck. That image could have been taken today, with the difference that Hepburn wasn't trying to be someone cool or chic. She just was." ~New York Times

    "Along with insightful, beautifully written essays, the book includes many never-before-published images of Kate the Great's costumes and personal wardrobe..." ~Fashioninformer.com
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