"Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic"
Richard Hell: You make me read.
The National Arts Club
Mar. 13, 6:30, Free
If you actually expend thought on something like the excessive (still developing) ado over Anne Hathaway's Oscar dress, it's true that Katherine Hepburn begins to appear very rebellious indeed. Today the film legend might embody the concept of "classic" style, but during the height of her career she maintained a relaxed control of her personal appearance that has been described as "insouciant," or as it amounted to, pretty darn badass. Hepburn helped change the image of the modern woman, using tailored, masculine suits to define her athleticism and independence, not to mention wearing trousers (!) in public (!) before that kind of thing was even allowed, socially speaking. Tonight The Fashion Committee celebrates the release of Jean Druesdow's book of essays Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic (Rizzoli) with an author appearance and screening of Adam's Rib--the 1949 comedy in which Hepburn plays an attorney opposite her 26-year-long secret love affair Spencer Tracy. Hepburnesque fashions are highly encouraged, so break out those pantsuits and Ferragamo flats.