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August 12, 2009

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Christian Esquevin

Adrian should of course be more broadly known for his own label, and the place he had in American fashion during the war years and after. But Adrian had been influencing international fashion since 1928 when his screen designs for Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford were seen all over the world. While those images can still be seen in movies, their true fashion impact is only perceived through the fog of time, and the lack of current advertising has dwindled the name recognition of the Adrian label.We should be thankful for these Adrian models that have survived and are brought back to life through collectors, FIDM, and other institutions.

FIDM Museum

Thanks for your insightful comment. We feel fortunate to be the custodians of this and other Adrian garments.

Erich Vendowski

Loretta Young wore a Adrian gown very similar to this when she accepted her Oscar in 1948. Hers was green in color and the bodice is different with a ruffle across the top.

FIDM Museum

I haven't seen the green Adrian gown you mention! I'll have to start looking for an image.

This gown must have resonated with Adrian, as he created many versions. There is "The Tigress" mentioned in the post and LACMA has a purplish version, which was featured in the Breaking the Mode exhibition.

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