1940s Gilbert Adrian Light Tan Wool Coat

Gilbert Adrian


Drop dead GORGEOUS Gilbert Adrian coat from the 1940's. As new today as when he designed and created it.

Adrian, the designer for stage, screen, and the stars when off camera, is one of America's most coveted and collectible fashion designers. It's quite rare to find any of his pre-war pieces, and we at MRS Couture always argue about whether to sell them or keep them for our collection. But sell we must.

Color is a light tan with detailing along the sleeves, back and front of coat. Two large pockets on the hips are perfect to keep your hands warm on cold winters day. The collar of the coat extends across the chest. Kick pleat can be found running down the bottom half of the coat. Coat is cashmere and wool. Perfectly preserved. Wonderfully wearable!!!! Coat is fully lined in silk.

Coat is modern US size 2/4.

*All MRS Couture garments have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping, so that they are ready to wear upon arrival.

Adrian was born Adrian Adolph Greenberg, into a Connecticut family of Russian, Bohemian, and German Jewish descent. Adrian, also known as Gilbert Adrian (a more marketable combination of his father's first name and his own), studied at the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts, now known as Parsons School of Design, before transferring to the school's satellite campus in Paris in 1922.

While studying in Paris, Adrian discovered his passion for costume design after he was hired by the great songwriter Irving Berlin, to design costumes for Berlin's "The Music Box Revue". In 1926 Adrian signed a contract with Cecil B. DeMille, and in 1928, when DeMille moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Adrian went with him. During his time at MGM, Adrian designed costumes for over 250 films, including the infamous ruby slippers, from "The Wizard of Oz", handling period costumes and contemporary wardrobes. Adrian's contemporary designs were elegant and sought after, and although not perfectly historically accurate, his period costumes, with their exaggerated features and dramatic aura, served to emphasize the narratives Adrian was working with. His film designs were so popular that many of them were adapted for retail in New York, and his costume sketches were often published in Vogue.

Adrian left MGM in 1942 to open his own boutique in Beverly Hills, later opening one in New York. Adrian's distinct straight-shouldered, slim-jacket, pencil skirt look set the everyday dress tone of the 1940s, and his voluminous, beaded evening gowns dominated the luxury design landscape. Adrian's pieces, with their distinctive bold silhouettes, contrasting colors, flora and fauna motifs, and exquisite beading and embellishments, drip with luxury, and are as timeless as they are glamorous.


Collections: Coats
  • Country of Origin
  • Item #
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Materials & Techniques
    Cashmere, Silk, Wool, Symmetrical, Drape, Topstitching
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    42.5 in. (108 cm)
    38 in. (97 cm)
    Total Length
    44.5 in. (113 cm)
  • Size Chart

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