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George Hurrell, 1 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Gilbert Adrian, 3 Mar 1903 - 13 Sep 1959  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.6 × 19.3 cm (9 11/16 × 7 5/8")
Sheet: 25.3 × 20.2 cm (9 15/16 × 7 15/16")
Mount: 50.7 × 37.9 cm (19 15/16 × 14 15/16")
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As MGM’s principal costume designer from 1928 to 1941, Gilbert Adrian (born Adrian Adolf Greenberg) brought high fashion glamour to the silver screen while influencing off-screen style trends as well. In his work for more than two hundred films, Adrian mastered the art of designing for the camera. Whether creating sensuous gowns or crisply tailored suits, he ensured that his designs would flatter the wearer and heighten their star power. He is credited with transforming Greta Garbo into “a goddess of glamour” while also creating signature looks such as Joan Crawford’s padded shoulders and Jean Harlow’s figure hugging, bias-cut satins. When the screen credits proclaimed “Gowns by Adrian,” audiences knew to expect the latest in eye-catching designs.
Adrian is best remembered today for creating the costumes for The Wizard of Oz (1939)—from Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers to the outfits worn by every other character in that memorable film.
Como principal diseñador de vestuario de MGM entre 1928 y 1941, Gilbert Adrian (nacido Adrian Adolf Greenberg) no solo llevó la alta costura y el glamur a la gran pantalla, sino que influyó en las tendencias de la moda fuera del cine. En más de 200 filmes, Adrian perfeccionó el arte de diseñar para las cámaras. Ya fueran trajes de chaqueta o sensuales vestidos de noche, se aseguraba de que sus diseños favorecieran a los usuarios y realzaran su imagen estelar. Se le atribuye haber transformado a Greta Garbo en “una diosa del glamur” y haber creado “looks” distintivos como las hombreras de Joan Crawford y los ceñidos trajes de satén cortados al bies de Jean Harlow. Cuando los créditos de una película anunciaban “vestuario por Adrian”, el público ya esperaba modelos llamativos de última moda.
Adrian es muy recordado por el vestuario de El mago de Oz (1939), desde las icónicas zapatillas de rubí hasta los atuendos de cada personaje en esta memorable película.
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pencil  Search this
Home Furnishings\Telephone  Search this
Artwork\Drawing  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Gilbert Adrian: Male  Search this
Gilbert Adrian: Visual Arts\Designer\Fashion designer  Search this
Gilbert Adrian: Performing Arts\Costume designer  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired in part through the generosity of an anonymous donor
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Age by George Hurrell
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 120
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National Portrait Gallery