Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California)
Gift of Eleanor Lambert, 1958
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: [label] (c) Adrian - Custom
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Adrian: American Glamour," May 14, 2002–August 18, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Fashion," October 23, 1967–January 1, 1968.
National Gallery of Victoria. "Fabulous Fashion (1907–67)," 1981.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design: 1890–1990," April 21, 1992–November 15, 1992.