Thursday, March 9, 2017

Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond... An exhibit at the Museum at FIT

Gilbert Adrian (1903-1959) built his career as a costume designer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he worked on more than 250 films, including The Wizard of Oz.

I could say more, but really, do you need to know any more than that before coming to see this one?

The recently opened Adrian exhibit is easy to miss, if you aren't looking for it.  Tucked to the side, in the gallery space to the right of the main space, a narrow hallway gives no hint of the beauty it holds until you enter and gaze at the walls.  And seriously, this exhibit is special.  It offers technical (construction, technique and materials) information, as well as beautiful examples of his well-designed garments. This concise presentation is the epitome of a curated complete thought.  This is the kind of presentation the thinking designer could absolutely devour, and a visual explorer would enjoy.

caught my own reflection in the glass there... spooky...

Details on grain lines and technique hangs beside the jacket...

Printed pamphlets explain techniques and methods used...

The literature accompanying this exhibit are very informative and truly expand on the simple appreciation of the garments.

"While best remembered for his tailored daytime looks, Adrian was also a skillful and inventive draper. He used his technique in both his film and fashion work to create glamorous evening gowns."

Can't get here? The exhibition website allows a virtual visit with additional information and a body of work that is sure to amaze and overwhelm you. 

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At March 10, 2017 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Linda T said...

Thanks for the link; how I wish I could see this in person!

At March 10, 2017 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Peter Lappin said...

Didn't know about this -- it's right up my alley!

At March 10, 2017 at 3:28 PM , Blogger mimi jackson said...

You'll love it! Especially since that jacket will really wow you after taking FIT tiloring classes, and appreciating the techniques he employed!


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