The dress that Katharine Hepburn wears in The Glass Menagerie is actually the same one she wore for the 1939 stage version of The Philadelphia Story. Designed by Valentina, Tracy Lord’s wedding dress was an elaborate affair – pink silk organza, chiffon and crepe de chine, a fusion of modern and romantic elements – and personified a contemporary Southern socialite. Hepburn saved the dress in her personal collection, and bought it out of retirement in 1973, adding a corsage and a neckpiece. Because the actress had retained her slim figure, the waist only had to be let out slightly.
"I’ve messed up my life and it’s too late to change that. These walks are just an escape. When I walk alone, I think about my life and the past…I am not satisfied with the way I made my life. New York has everything, but what use is that to me? I might just as well live on a deserted island. I’m restless everywhere. I always have been…if only I knew where to go."
-Greta Garbo, 1977