Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Janet Gaynor Adrian, 1963
Not on view
Adrian developed a signature style in the mid 1940s that echoed the Cubist paintings of artists like George Braque (1882-1963) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). A painter himself, Adrian manipulated pieces of fabric as deftly as his paintbrush in designing dresses like this, juxtaposing bright colors and bold shapes. Here his use of bright pink and emerald green accentuates the skillful piecework. Adrian's wife, the actress Janet Gaynor (1906-1984), included this dress in her wardrobe for the couple's African safari in 1949 and later donated it to the Brooklyn Museum.