The exhibition, taken from over 1,000 items, will open Oct. 2 and run through Sept. 4, 2011, in Kent, OH.
The collection will include Hepburn's stage costumes from The Lake, The Philadelphia Story and Without Love, as well as later appearances including Coco, The West Side Waltz and A Matter of Gravity. Films represented will include "The Little Minister," "Adam's Rib," "The Iron Petticoat," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "A Delicate Balance," "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "The Lion In Winter," as well as the television movies "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry" and "Love Among the Ruins."
The costumes' designers include Valentina, Adrian, Irene, Muriel King, Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, Walter Plunkett, Edith Head, Patricia Zipprodt, Jane Greenwood and Noel Taylor.
Kent State acquired the collection in 2008 and had to identify which costume came from which play or film via photographs — the garments were untagged. Before Hepburn's death in 2003, she had insisted her performance clothes be given to an educational institution rather than be sold at auction.
Hepburn won four Academy Awards, out of 12 nominations. She was honored for her performances in "Morning Glory," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "The Lion in Winter" and "On Golden Pond," and was Tony-nominated for her work in Coco and The West Side Waltz.