I had no idea until reading the below article that the designer Gilbert Adrian was also a fine artist. But, it makes sense because there is a great visual appeal about his fashion designs. As I mentioned in a prior post, his creations are highly collectible and bidding wars ensue.
I thought the below article on Gilbert Adrian was fascinating. You just never know where you will find interesting articles. I found it in Look Magazine from 1951. There was no mention about Adrian on the cover or in the description when I bought it.
This is another great and fascinating thing about vintage fashion is the correlation of art movements to fashion...love it! I have a great book on Cubism and fashion that I hope to share images of in a future blog post.
Adrian is known for high-end fashion design for the stars and film. The movie "The Women" has many of his fashion designs in it. Have to see if I can find the full movie online! The fashions are fabulous in this movie. Anyone see it? Adrian died in 1959. His paintings have a surrealism about them. I'm sure he was influenced by Dali. I had to Photoshop together some of the images since Look Magazine is rather large. But, if you click on the image, it makes it easier to read. It's kind of interesting how you see this typical family portrait behind such a surreal tribal painting. It's like they are unaware of the painting behind them. Say cheese for the camera:))
The colors in the painting echo the dress. Very interesting! But, you don't see a splash of red in the dress. The dress remains with a cool color scheme.
How structured and feminine is this suit? Amazing! Note to self: Add to wardrobe:)
Adrian dress at FIT 1944