Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hollywood's Golden Age: Behind The Scenes With Costume Designer Adrian

"A piece of Art is the collaborative efforts of many Artists" - M

As a filmmaker, cinephile, and obsessed student of mid century films and fashion, I wanted to start a series of posts on the little known power house players that were behind so many films, songs, or fashion trends that I'm finding more and more people today either know little about or mistake for someone else's contributions towards many works of art that we have all come to cherish from this era.

Even I am still continuously shocked at finding out who played such intricate parts in the making of so many films or albums that I relish over. It's amazing when you learn just who in fact was involved in such decisions that may have helped shape a movie into an Oscar winning piece or who help those starlets obtained their classic looks that us common folk otherwise mistake for pure magical beauty.

In this series I will be paying homage and shedding some light on the many little known or unsung heroes, singers, photographers, designers, or even film directors, whose work and talent helped shape the mid century era that cultivated the timeless works of art that make up the best years of entertainment - what we now call as the Golden Age of Hollywood.

This week's post pays homage to one of the most talented gown makers I've ever seen and who's image seems to have become a faceless shadow of the past with his work seeming to go unmentioned these days. His designs played a pivotal part in so many famous films from this era as they were adorned by such actresses like Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and even Greta Garbo so you could say his talent holds a special place in my heart.

March 3, 1903- September 13, 1959

Ten Facts About Adrian:

1. During his career, he designed costumes for over 250 films and his screen credits usually read as "Gowns by Adrian".
2.  His most famous costumes were for The Wizard of Oz and other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films.
3.  Became head costume designer for Cecil B. DeMille's independent film studio.
4.  He worked with Joan Crawford 28 times, Norma Shearer 18 and Jean Harlow 9 and worked with Greta Garbo over the course of most of her career.

5.  Was behind Joan Crawford's signature outfits with large shoulder pads which later spawned a fashion trend.
6. Most famous for his evening gown designs.

7.  Designed the The Wizard of Oz's red-sequined ruby slippers for Judy Garland.
8.  Left MGM in 1941 to set up his own independent fashion house.
9.  Despite his success, Adrian was never nominated for an Academy Award.
10. Died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 56 and was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To find out more on Adrian and his breathtaking designs, you can purchase "Adrian: Silver Screen to Custom Label" via Amazon.


1 comment:

Technicolor Cutie said...

So great!!! I love the ruffle number!