Evening ensemble

Designer Gilbert Adrian American
Textile manufactured by Bianchini-Férier French

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While he often incorporated animal motifs or patterns in designs throughout his career, Adrian likely found new inspiration for this dramatic dress during an African safari the designer took with his wife, the actress Janet Gaynor (1906-1984) in 1949. The choice of a bold textile, custom-made for Adrian by the French house of Bianchini Ferrier, ensured the dress received significant attention in the fashion press that season. Gaynor wore this gown to an event at the Los Angeles showroom and headquarters of Adrian Ltd. in Los Angeles and later donated it to the Brooklyn Museum's collection.

Evening ensemble, Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California), silk, metal, American

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