Hepburn’s fashion legacy was one of breaking rules, pushing the boundaries and finding your own signature style – even if it seems a little radical. She’s remembered as the first woman in Hollywood to wear pants…which, at the time, was about as radical as it gets.
I often pay Katharine Hepburn one of the greatest compliments I have to bestow, which is this: When it comes to reading about the stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood (something I do and have done for over 20 years…. and we’re talking daily here), you unfortunately find yourself losing a little respect for aspects of their lives, choices, and personalities. They were/are, after all, humans… and we’re frail at best.
However, Katharine Hepburn (along with a few others, such as Audrey Hepburn, Andy Griffith, Jimmy Stewart..) is a very rare human, indeed. You find yourself liking and respecting her more with each word you read about her. Whether they’re her own eloquent words or words being said about her, you realize just how intelligent, thoughtful, and woefully ahead of her time this talented and beautiful lady was.
There was a boldness and a confidence about her that simply set her apart from the rest. If you’ve never read up on Katharine Hepburn, I whole-heartedly recommend it. She will blow you away.
One of my favorite Old Hollywood biographies happens to be about this incredible woman. It’s I Know Where I’m Going (Amazon Link) by Charlotte Chandler and every single page is remarkable.