Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California)
Bianchini-Férier (French, founded Lyons, 1888)
35 x 28 in. (88.9 cm. x 71.1 cm. )
Gift of Bianchini, Ferier, Inc., 1945
Not on view
Gilbert Adrian-better known simply as Adrian-was a dress and costume designer who enjoyed a successful career designing gowns for Hollywood films from the 1920s until World War II, when he opened his own fashion house. This textile (and the dress for which it was used as the front panel) was designed by Adrian and shown at the 1945 "American Fashions and Fabrics" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The motif incorporated archetypal, instantly recognizable images from the ancient classical world: a warrior's helmet and the curling hair and eye of a bust.
the manufacturer (1944–45; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Fashions and Fabrics: Fashion Showing with a Related Exhibition," March 21–May 31, 1945.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.