Hollywood to High Fashion, The Life and Work of Gilbert Adrian, part 2

51m | Sep 5, 2023

In the conclusion of our two-part episode on the work of Hollywood designer Gilbert Adrian, we turn our attention away from his time at MGM costuming the likes of Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, and instead look at the rise of his fashion house Adrian, Ltd. Creating both custom made-to-measure looks for individual clients as well as 'immediate wear' which retailed at the finest US department stores, Adrian's took the American fashion scene by storm in the 1940s.


Esquevin, Christian. Adrian: Silver Screen to Custom Label. New York: Monicelli Press, 2008.

Gutner, Howard. Gowns by Adrian: The MGM Years 1928-1941. New York: Harry N.Abrams Inc., 2001.

Stanley, Leonard and Mark A. Vieira. Adrian: A Lifetime of Movie Glamour, Art and High Fashion. New York: Rizzoli, 2019.

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