Gilbert Adrian was born Adrian Adolph Greenberg on March 3, 1903 in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
He attended the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts (now known as Parsons) and up until 1925 designed costumes for Broadway shows.
In 1925 he headed to Hollywood where the first major Hollywood star he designed costumes for was Rudolph Valentino.
He designed for De Mille Studios from 1926-1928 and then soon made his move to MGM, where he stayed until 1942.
During his career Adrian designed clothing for the likes of Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer and Katharine Hepburn in hundreds of Hollywood films such as Anna Christie, Grand Hotel, Letty Lynton, Bombshell, Reckless, Anna Karenina, The Women, The Wizard of Oz, The Philadelphia Story, A Woman's Face and Possessed.
When he left M.G.M. in 1942 he opened a shop in Beverly Hills. Besides selling his designs at his shop he also sold ready to wear at department stores throughout the country.
In 1944 he won the Coty Award for Fashion
He died on September 13, 1959 from a heart attack.
Mocha colored jersey dress by Adrian.
This dress features beautiful draping.
Measurements are up to 34B Chest, 27" Waist and Full Hips
You can "Buy It Now" for $6,000- over at Angelwalker on eBay "This listing is restricted to pre-approved bidders or buyers only".
1940's Adrian cocktail dress.
This dress has a black silk taffeta bodice and a silk crepe skirt.
The dress is decorated with beads and tassels.
Measurements are 40" Chest, 29" Waist and 38" Hips
You can purchase this dress for $1,800- over at Enokiworld.com
For purchasing information please refer to Marilyn Glass.com
This post was originally published on April 2, 2007.