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Designer
    (March 3, 1903-September 13, 1959)
    Born in Naugatuck, Connecticut
    Birth name was Adrian Adolph Greenberg
    Head costume designer for MGM studios (1928-41)
    Worked on over 200 films including ‘Anna Christie’ (1930), ‘Grand Hotel’ (1932), ‘Queen Christina’ (1933), ‘Dinner at Eight’ (1933), ‘The Merry Widow’ (1934), ‘The Great Ziegfeld’ (1936), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1936), ‘Camille’ (1937), ‘Marie Antoinette’ (1938), ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939), ‘The Women’ (1939), ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (1940), and ‘Woman of the Year’ (1942)
    Opened a couture house in Beverly Hills (1942)
    Won the Coty Fashion Award (1944)
    He started work using the name Gilbert Adrian before shortening it to a mononym.
    He was nicknamed ‘the infant costume designer’ after working on his first film at age 21.
    He left MGM at the same time as Greta Garbo, declaring ‘When the glamour goes for Garbo, it goes for me as well.’
    He was rumored to be gay, with his marriage to Janet Gaynor one of convenience.
    The shoulder pads he added to Joan Crawford’s gowns launched a fashion trend.
    The only Hollywood keepsake that Greta Garbo saved were the beaded gloves he designed for her to wear in ‘Camille.’
    The ruby slippers he designed for Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ are on display at the Smithsonian.
    He posthumously won a Tony for designing costumes for the musical ‘Camelot.’ (1960)

Credit: C. Fishel


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