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The costume designers of Hollywood were the FIRST couturiers of the modern world. They included Adrian, Banton, Orry-Kelly, Head, Plunkett, Irene, and Beaton. Cinematographers, Directors, and Actors have all had their day on these threads, but I have never seen the costume designers glorified. Here is their thread! Designers and stars in their gowns will count and repeats are fine. There are countless gowns and designers to toast! The cat walk has begun.




Edith Head and Gloria Swanson




Merle Oberon _The Scarlet Pimpernel_ John Armstrong and Oliver Messel




Maureen O'Hara _Sinbad the Sailor_ Edward Stevenson




Hedy Lamarr _Crossroads_ Adrian

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That Crossroads gown is MINE! New goal: Get that gown for prom!!!! I just hope if the impossible happens, I can look as lovely and breathtaking as the always impeccable Hedy Lamarr. I'm not as tall as her but I''m pretty sure that the gown would look killer if I could get it.

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So much were the clothes worn in films admired that in the late forties, the Vogue pattern company launched a "designer" line of patterns that allowed savy women to wear the same clothes they saw in the movies.

For something like three years running, the ball gown worn by Liz Taylor in A PLACE IN THE SUN was the favorite prom dress.

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*Being a "HUGE" Joan Crawford fan...I know "ALL" about Adrian. I have followed Adrian's career right next to Edith Head's!.....Enjoy!*



*Adrian, Gilbert. (3/3/03 - 9/14/59)*


Adrian (born "Adrian Adolph Greenburg") initially went to Hollywood as a freelance designer for Mae Murray and Rudolph Valentino, among others. He was then hired by Cecil B. DeMille, moving along with DeMille to the MGM studio in 1928, where he was soon designing costumes for the studio's leading actresses. (He stayed with MGM until 1941.) He began designing for Joan Crawford in 1929, discarding her earlier frilly flapper styles for a more sleek, tailored look. His padded-shouldered creations for her '32 film _Letty Lynton_ became a nationwide sensation; costume designer Edith Head later called "Lynton" the "single most important influence on fashion in film history."




-The famous "Letty Lynton" dress that was the biggest trends of 1932, The "Letty Lynton dress", designed by Adrian: a white cotton organdy gown with large ruffled sleeves, puffed at the shoulder. Macy's department store copied the dress in 1932, and it sold over 500,000 replicas nationwide



Adrian designed all of Joan's onscreen clothes, and some of her personal wardrobe, throughout her MGM years



Best of Everything Joan.







Gilbert Adrian (1903-1959) was Hollywood's foremost costume designer during the 1930s and '40s, probably responsible for more fashion trends than any other designer in the United States during this time. From 1941 to 1952, he turned his attention to mass production and custom-made clothes. He produced high-quality, ready-to-wear for his own store in Beverly Hills and for other specialty stores throughout the U.S.


Born Gilbert Adrian Greenburg, in Naugatauk, CT, he studied art at the Parsons School of Applied Arts and Design in Paris. In 1921, American composer Irving Berlin spotted 18-year-old Adrian's costume on a model while attending the Beaux Arts. Berlin was looking for fresh designs for his "Music Box Review," and asked Adrian to come to New York and work on some costume designs for the show. After creating costumes for some Broadway shows, he again was discovered by Natasha Rambova, who wanted him to design for her husband, movie star Rudolph Valentino. Adrian worked with Cecil B. DeMille when he began working in Hollywood at Pathe Studios and in 1925, when DeMille transferred to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Adrian went with him. He continued working for MGM until 1941.


Adrian created the look and style that dominated American fashion in the 1930s and '40s. What movie stars wore was of interest to a large segment of Americans. Broad-shouldered suits and coats for Joan Crawford became very popular and widely copied. The huge puffed sleeves for the dress Joan Crawford wore in the 1933 movie "Letty Lyndon" caused American women from coast to coast to buy puffed-sleeve dresses. Adrian contributed greatly to establishing Hollywood as the glamour capital of the world.


In 1939, Adrian married Academy Award-winning actress Janet Gaynor. Their son, Robin, was born in 1940. in 1945, Adrian won the Coty Award for his contribution to world fashion. When he retired from MGM, he opened Adrian Ltd. in Beverly Hills, CA, in 1942. Adrian sparked new attitudes toward American style in the use of ordinary, everyday fabrics, such as checked gingham for tailored suits and cotton organdy for ball gowns. A beaded dress from Adrian Ltd. was designed to sparkle at a dinner table even when the conversation lagged. In addition to custom work, Adrian did a ready-to-wear line. To make the ready-to-wear line more exclusive, he allowed only one store in each city to sell his clothes.( In Washington, DC, it was Garfinckel's).


Adrian's design successes in California were often mirrored on New York's Seventh Avenue, which "translated" many of Adrian's movie clothes into American ready-to-wear outfits. Adrian "knock-offs" were seen everywhere. Some manufacturers would produce similarly fashioned garments with huge shoulders, which they called the "Adrian silhouette." Others never bothered using his name, but took his ideas and sold them as their "originals." Adrian was concerned about design knock-offs. He guarded his designs, rarely allowing photos or sketches of his clothes to be released too far in advance of his collections being shown. He scrutinized his employees and his customers' orders to make sure that their orders matched their social engagements as reported in the news.


After suffering a heart attack in 1952, Adrian closed his business, and he and his family retired to a ranch near Brasilia, Brazil, devoting time to painting landscapes. He returned to California in 1958 to design costumes for the film musicals "Grand Hotel" and "Camelot." Before completing "Camelot," Adrian suffered a second heart attack and died on September 14, 1959.




*Adrian Adolph Greenberg AKA: Adrian!*




Adrian was Hollywood costume designer whose most famous costumes were for _The Wizard of Oz_ and other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films of the 1930s and 1940s. *During his career, he designed costumes for over 250 films and his screen credits usually read as "Gowns by Adrian".* On occasion, he was credited as Gilbert Adrian, a combination of his father's forename and his own.


*Also Check out the book:*


*Adrian: Silver Screen to Custom Label (Hardcover)*

*by Christian Esquevin*




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Hubert de Givenchy's design for Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany?s



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"An undated handout image supplied by Christie's auction house in London, showing US actress Audrey Hepburn?s iconic little black dress from the 1961 classic film Breakfast at Tiffany?s that was sold for a dazzling 410,000 pounds (811,390 dollars) at auction at Christie?s in London on Tuesday, 05 December 2006."


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