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Dinner suit

Designer:
Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California)
Date:
ca. 1942
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 38 in. (96.5 cm) Length at CB (b): 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Janet Gaynor Adrian, 1963
Accession Number:
2009.300.1298a, b
Not on view
Donated to the Brooklyn Museum collection by the designer's wife, actress Janet Gaynor (1906-1984), this dress provides an example of Adrian's recurring use of animal prints and patterns in his designs. Here a snakeskin pattern appears on a lamé fabric and elevates a basic suit silhouette into a dramatic ensemble that recalls some of the designer's well-known Hollywood costumes. Adrian made several versions of this suit, of which one appeared in American Vogue in [date].
Marking: Label: "Adrian Custom"
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