Adrian Adrian

Costume designer Adrian Adrian

Adrian Adolph Greenberg, most widely known as Adrian, was an American costume designer whose most famous costumes were for The Wizard of Oz and other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films of the 1930s and 1940s. During his career, he designed costumes for over 250 films and his screen credits usually read as "Gowns by Adrian". On occasion, he was credited as Gilbert Adrian, a combination of his father's forename and his own.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1959
    Age 55
    In 1959 he was asked to design costumes for the upcoming Broadway musical Camelot.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 48
    A serious heart attack in 1952 forced the closure of Adrian, Ltd. in Beverly Hills.
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    He only returned to MGM for a final film, 1952's Lovely to Look At.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 35
    Though he was openly gay, he married Janet Gaynor in 1939, possibly in response to the anti-gay attitudes of the movie studio heads and the sex-negative atmosphere created by the Production Code.
    Adrian is perhaps best known today for his work on the 1939 movie classic, The Wizard of Oz.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1931
    Age 27
    The Eugénie hat he created for her in the film Romance became a sensation in 1931 and influenced millinery styles for the rest of the decade.
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  • 1928
    Age 24
    In 1928, Cecil B. DeMille moved temporarily to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Adrian was hired as chief costume designer at the studio.
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  • 1924
    Age 20
    Adrian was hired by Rudolph Valentino's wife Natacha Rambova to design costumes for A Sainted Devil in 1924.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1922
    Age 18
    In 1922, he transferred to NYSFAA's Paris campus and while there was hired by Irving Berlin.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Born
    Adrian was born on March 3, 1903 in Naugatuck, Connecticut, to Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenberg.
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