Katharine Hepburn on the MGM lot during the filming of Without Love (1945)
Calvin Klein: Your style, did it come from you? Or was it someone else that influenced you?
KH: No, no one influenced me. I think that I must have been very self-conscious about my appearance, that I wanted to present something that looked as though it had just come out of the woods or something, and everyone thought, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before.’
I liked to look as if I didn’t give a damn. I think you should pretend you don’t care … but it’s the most outrageous pretense. I said to Garbo once, ‘I bet it takes us longer to look as if we hadn’t made any effort than it does someone else to come in beautifully dressed.’
CK: Were you influenced by any of the men you knew at that time?
KH: No! I never dressed up for any man. If I thought he cared how I looked, I would have thought he was a fool. I really would have.
The men dressed for me, you know. Nobody ever made a pass at me unless I fully expected them to and welcomed the notion.
CK: Good for you.
KH: I’m rather a forbidding character.
-excerpted from Washington Post Magazine interview (March 9th, 1986)