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Evening ensemble

Designer:
Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California)
Date:
1945
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Eleanor Lambert, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.25a–c
Not on view
In February 1945 Adrian was awarded the third annual American Fashion Critics Award. Thirty-two of the designer's garments were displayed at the award ceremony, including this ensemble which was part of his "Modern Museum" collection. With a palette inspired by Cubism, Adrian extended the abstractions of his earlier designs of the 1940s. Harper's Bazaar described this series as, "intricate as a puzzle and as modern as Picasso." Exploiting the dynamism of the Futurists and the geometric minimalism of the Constructivists, the interconnecting cell-like shapes reflect an abstract bimorphism. Adrian, however, eschewed the utopianism of the Futurist and Constructivist movements with a design philosophy that was firmly grounded in the realities of American life.
Marking: [label] (c) Adrian - Custom
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