“With stout resolve,” reports a fashion book, “she almost single-handedly broke down the dress code for women” by insisting on wearing men’s trousers on set and off, everywhere and all the time. Her style was so informal and untraditional that she never, even after becoming a star, owned a dress or skirt of her own. One of her many awards came from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in1986 – in recognition of her role as non-conformist in modern fashion.
Her intelligence and talent eclipsed her beauty but that is not to say she wasn't beautiful and glamorous. Her androgynous, modern style was a breath of fresh air in a generation where cleavage, curves and pouts were everywhere. Her characteristic New England accent perfectly suited her strong, head-strong nature. Her non-conformist, boyish, casual style was once thought ungainly but became chic and eventually Katharine Hepburn was thought of as a fashion idol.
here is a picture of her and Cary Grant (probably for the movie "the Philadelphia Story" 1940 - which was remade in 1956 bearing the title of "High Society" and starring Grace Kelly. I was soo perplexed when i watched High Society some time after having seen The Philadelphia Story, all the time thinking, i've seen this before!)
oops! edit: picture is from imdb.com
Didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.
I think she is a very beautiful woman, but did she in real life talk just like Cate Blanchet did in the Aviator?
She did, the old movie stars had very distinctive voices. It was important to have a vocal trademark and she certainly did. That New England accent is unmistakable. I think Blanchett's portrayal made her voice a bit more of a caricature but she got it pretty right.
I know Katherine had a profound interest in women wearing pants but I just adore the way she looked in dresses.