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(March 3, 1903 - September 13, 1959) U.S.A.


Designer, fashion and costume designer<


Born as Adrian Adolph Greenberg in Naugatuk, Connecticut, to Jewish immigrant parents Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenburg. As a teenager he changed his name to Gilbert Adrian in 1922. He studied at the School for Fine and Applied Arts in New York (now Parsons School of Design) and in Paris.

Adrian worked for MGM and dressed Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Greta Garbo and Katherine Hepburn. Adrian studied at the School for Fine and Applied Arts in New York and in Paris.

Though he was openly gay, in 1938 he married actress Janet Gaynor, possibly in response to the anti-gay attitudes of the movie studio heads and the sex-negative atmosphere created by the Production Code. They retired to their ranch in Brazil and remained married until his death in 1959.

In 1942 he retired from the cinema and opened a shop in Beverly Hills, California. Adrian died in Hollywood of a heart attack, at age 56.


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