Katharine Hepburn in Christopher Strong
As the BFI celebrates the unconventional Hollywood diva Katharine Hepburn with a series of films and talks, we too took this opportunity and went along to pay homage.
Oh Katharine, your lanky walk, your stomping feet and your moth outfit! Let us say this again, your moth outfit! The 1933 black and white film Christopher Strong can be said to be many things in terms of cinematography/direction etc etc, but for us that was hardly the point. We instantaneously fell in love with Katharine in a metallic moth gown comprising of antennae as well! We had to!There is the love of vintage, but there is also the love of old costumes. Ah, the details, the glamour, the precious floaty fabrics. Old school Hollywood characters wore the best of gowns even when, in theory, most of us would have been in their pjs at best (at best!!!).
We also admired the iconic jodhpurs that you,
Katharine, wore in one of the following scenes more or less when
your character Lady Cynthia Darrington, had decided to fly across
the whole world (in a plane, and not as a moth - that was just a
costume) to overcome heartache (don't we all do that?). For this
was the woman that Lady Cynthia stood for: an independent,
ambitious woman who tells her man, from the very beginning that he
won't be able to control her life and desire to fly (as an
aviatrix, not as a moth).