Thursday, April 30, 2009

If it's good enough for Joan . . .

It is good enough for you! This dress is an Adrian. If you are not familiar with Adrian, click here. If you simply can't be bothered to do your fashion homework, the quick and dirty version is as follows: Adrian is as Hollywood as they come, he was a costume designer for MGM from the 20's to the 50's and designed for over 200 films. The most famous of these films was The Wizard of Oz. He is also credited with creating the Joan Crawford "Look." He inspired the exaggerated shoulder pad silhouette in the 40s that was reinterpreted in the 80s. Today the silhoutte is experiencing another renaissance and has been referenced in the Balenciaga collection.

Now that you have learned the history of Adrian, we will delve into discussing the dress at hand. It is made of ivory crepe, and has amazing iridescent beading in a floral pattern (very 40's). The neck is a halter top with a high V, and ruching around the top of the zipper. The bottom of the dress has a dropped bustle effect that is very unusual and absolutely gorgeous!

Adrian white crepe halter dress with iridescent embroidery, c.1940. Contemporary size 4. SOLD

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