Glamorous gowns and more by American designer Gilbert Adrian will be on display in Adrian: Glamour in the Age of Austerity (1940-1947) through Nov. 11 at Fashion on Main, a Dallas gallery featuring the garments of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
"This exhibition marks the transition from World War II to the turning point in the mid- to late 1940s when the war was ending and constraints on fabric and supplies were lifted, allowing fashion designers to move away from simplistic, military-inspired designs toward increasingly glamorous, feminine forms and styles," says Marla Ross, an assistant for the Texas Fashion Collection.
Adrian, who had a background as an MGM Hollywood costume designer, led the movement.
"At MGM, he had designed the most glamorous gowns for the most fashionable stars of the time," says Dawn Figueroa, assistant curator of the Texas Fashion Collection. "He inspired designers to face the challenges of rationing. He did so with such creative ingenuity he became the most influential fashion designer of the decade. Several examples of his fashion industry dresses and ensembles will be showcased alongside pieces by various other designers, revealing the strength of his influence."
The exhibit includes pieces with patriotic inspirations, innovative details, and elegant, feminine silhouettes. The highlight of the exhibition is an Adrian-designed, Chantilly lace dress donated by Margaret Hunt Hill, for whom the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was named. The bridge is being completed over the Trinity River in Dallas.
- What: Adrian: Glamour in the Age of Austerity (1940 - 1947) -- A fashion exhibition from the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT in the College of Visual Arts and Design
- When: Noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Nov. 11
- Where: Fashion on Main, 1901 Main St. in Dallas
- Cost: Free
- Contact: www.tfc.unt.edu or call 940-565-2732
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.Rossetti@unt.edu.