Gilbert A. Adrian
- Category : Fashion Designer
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (52,53,59)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 1
American fashion designer for films and private clientele who was associated with MGM. His 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.
Adrian was never nominated for an Academy Award as the costume category was not introduced during the time of his major work for the studios. He was awarded the Fashion Critic's "Winnie" award in 1945. After graduating from the New York School of Applied and Fine Arts, he moved to Hollywood, helping the "dream factory" glamorize its noted stars. In 1942 he opened his own establishment.
Though he was openly gay, he married actress 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. They retired and remained married until his death from a heart attack on 13 September 1959 in Hollywood. Gaynor and Adrian had one son, Robin (born in Los Angeles on 6 July 1940).