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
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"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Adrian: American Glamour," May 14, 2002–August 18, 2002.