1949 Adrian Original Black Silk & Crepe Asymmetric Draped Gown

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Spectacular 1949 "Atomic Collection" iconic femme-fatale evening gown by the famous Gilbert Adrian. Pieces from this amazing collection are extremely rare and are only found in museums. The collection featured textile swags & projectiles evoking mushroom clouds as well as flounces that blasted off the garment's surface. He created the signature looks for the great Hollywood divas such as Garbo, Shearer, Crawford, Garland, and Harlow. Adrian took into account the actress as well as the character she would be portraying when he designed a dress, suit or gown. He surveyed her attitudes, her personal style, and her body to find the look that would make her shine. As a result, he created a definitive look that women all over the world wanted to have for themselves. The retail marked jumped to produce affordable dresses that imitated Adrian's creation. In 1942 he left MGM and opened a salon in Beverly Hills, catering to the very well-to-do. Adrian pieces are a prized piece to any vintage collection.

This amazing Adrian Original is a true gem. Every time I view it, I am in awe of its beauty and elegance. I love the mix of shimmering silk-taffeta with the matte rayon-crepe. The bodice is a unique asymmetric fanned-sleeve hourglass nipped-waist. The back has a long metal zipper down the back and classic Adrian shoulder pads. My favorite part is the side peplum heavily-draped skirt which has a beautiful layered design. So beautiful and in wonderful condition!

Bust:35-36 inches
Waist:26 inches
Hips:37 inches
Total Length:60 inches
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Beverly Hills, CA
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Timeless Vixen
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Beverly Hills CA 90210
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(424) 275-6306
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