Adrian Aimo

Costume designer, Couturier
Long-time chief MGM designer who created both glamorous and stylishly "plain" wardrobes for such leading ladies as Joan Crawford, ("Our Blushing Brides" 1930, "Grand Hotel" 1932), Greta Garbo ("Anna Christie" 1930 ... Read more »
Born: 03/02/1903 in Naugatuck, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

other (1)

Solo 1996 (Movie)

(Mexico) (Production Coordinator)

Biography

Long-time chief MGM designer who created both glamorous and stylishly "plain" wardrobes for such leading ladies as Joan Crawford, ("Our Blushing Brides" 1930, "Grand Hotel" 1932), Greta Garbo ("Anna Christie" 1930, "Queen Christina" 1934, "Anna Karenina" 1935, "Camille" 1936, "Two-Faced Woman" 1941) and Katharine Hepburn ("The Philadelphia Story" 1940, "Woman of the Year" 1942). Adrian established his own fashion company in 1942. He had started designing costumes for the Broadway-bound musical "Camelot" when he died.

Relationships

Robin Adrian

Son
born on July 7, 1940

Janet Gaynor

Wife
met in 1930 married from August 14, 1939 until his death

Gilbert Greenburg

Father

Beatrice Greenburg

Sister
older

Helena Pollak

Mother

EDUCATION

Parsons School of Fine and Applied Arts

New York , New York 1921
refused to attend classes featuring nude human models; sent to Parisian branch of school; left there after only five months

Milestones

1959

Hired to design costumes for the Broadway musical "Camelot"; died before show opened; shared posthumous Tony Award with Tony Duquette

1958

Returned to USA, began designing costumes for Broadway-bound musicals including "At the Grand" (adapted from 1932's "Grand Hotel")

1952

Suffered heart attack; decided to close shop

1941

Opened own couture salon in Los Angeles

1940

Created the clothing for Garbo's last film "Two-Faced Woman"; resigned from MGM over clashes on how to dress the actress in the film

1939

Worked on the clothes for "The Wizard of Oz", "Idiot's Delight" and "The Women"

1938

Was the costume designer for "Marie Antoinette"

1937

Designed the period costumes for "Camille", starring Garbo

1936

Created the lavish costumes for "The Great Ziegfeld"

1935

Designed the period garb for "Anna Karenina"

1933

Dressed the casts of "Dinner at Eight" and "Queen Christina"

1932

Designed the clothing for "Grand Hotel"

1930

Created costumes for "Madam Sin" and "Anna Christie" (which marked Garbo's sound debut)

1928

Dressed Greta Garbo in "A Woman of Affairs"

1928

Moved to MGM with DeMille; put under contract as chief designer

1926

Began collaboration with director Cecil B DeMille, including "The Volga Boatman"

1925

Designed the stage prologue for Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" performed at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theater

1925

Created costumes for first film, "Her Sister From Paris"

Moved with Janet Gaynor to live on 200-acre ranch at Annapolis, Brazil from 1953 (date approximate) to 1958

After Natasha Rambova saw some of his drawings, offered him job of designing costumes for Rudolph Valentino films

Designed costumes for the "Music Box Revues" in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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"When the glamour ends for Garbo, it also ends for me." --Adrian.

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