#7463 $985 Sold
Adrian tailored wool suit, 1940s
Gilbert Adrian was the most important costume designer in film history. He presided over the costume department at the most powerful studio, MGM, in its glory years, 1928-1939. Adrian created and sustained "Hollywood glamour."
He did this through inspired, innovative costuming of the great female stars: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Judy Garland. Gilbert Adrian proved that high style fashion for American women did not have to originate in Paris but could have American roots.
Top Hollywood star Norma Shearer in a smart Adrian ensemble personifies the designer's jaunty, super stylish look.
Impeccably tailored like the best men's suits, Adrian's suits for women were as high style as his glamorous evening gowns and became fashion icons.
Made from brown wool twill ("British Samek material"), our suit features on the jacket charming curved seam detail. The jacket is lined with rust colored silk and closes with concealed hooks.
The bound buttonholes and buttons are decorative only. The broad shoulder pads, first used by Adrian to make a virtue of Joan Crawford's broad shoulders, became synonymous with 1940s style.
The condition is almost excellent. On the jacket is one tiny mended moth nibble. Luckily it is located on the side-back near the armhole where it is virtually invisible.
The jacket measures: 40" bust, 32" waist, 42" hem circumference, 22" sleeve length, 16" from shoulder to waist, and 24" from shoulder to hem.
The skirt measures: 28" waist, 40" hip, and 28" length.