Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gilbert Adrian and Old Hollywood Glamour

Adrian was a famous costume designer for MGM studios during the 30's and 40's. Born Adrian Adolph Greenburg, he was also known as Gilbert Adrian or simply Adrian.

He designed costumes for over 250 films including Judy Garland's costumes in The Wizard of Oz, Greta Garbo's Matahari and the extravagant creations for Marie Antoinette.

He worked with MGM's glamour queens of the day, including Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo.

He kicked off a trend with Joan Crawford's broad shouldered, waisted signature look, but Adrian was most famous for his glamourous gowns shown in films like The Women (MGM 1939)

image from the Metropolitan Museum

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