NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City exhibition hails Katharine Hepburn as a fashion icon, which at first seems odd. She loved her trademark khakis and open-collar shirt — decidedly unconventional especially in the 1930s and 1940s.

The fiercely independent Hepburn famously once said: "Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, 'Try one.'"

But skirts and dresses abound in "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Forty of her performance clothes — from her personal collection — are featured. She had some copies made for her personal use.

The exhibition opens Thursday.

She's the star of such memorable films as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "The Philadelphia Story."