Vintage Gilbert Adrian Custom Evening Gown
Rare Gilbert Adrian Custom Label Black Vintage Evening Gown with Silk Fringe - Dressing Vintage
Gilbert Adrian silk fringe black evening gown
Rare Gilbert Adrian 1930s or 1940s couture evening gown
Rare Gilbert Adrian Custom Label Black Vintage Evening Gown with Silk Fringe - Dressing Vintage
Black Vintage Gilbert Adrian Dress
Rare Gilbert Adrian Custom Label Black Vintage Evening Gown with Silk Fringe - Dressing Vintage
Rare Vintage Evening Gown by Costume Designer Gilbert Adrian
Rare 1930's Gilbert Adrian custom vintage gown
Black Gilbert Adrian vintage dress with draped silk fringe
Gilbert Adrian vintage Dress with slit
Gilbert Adrian

Rare Gilbert Adrian Custom Label Black Vintage Evening Gown with Silk Fringe

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Very, rare vintage dress from Hollywood costume designer Gilbert Adrian with the custom label. This absolutely phenomenal vintage 1940's dress is an example of Gilbert Adrian’s creative ability to use silk fringe to transform a relatively simple black rayon crepe dress into a masterpiece. Signature Adrian 1940s shoulder pads (ala Joan Crawford) and exquisite fringe! There are a few snags and some very minor underarm discoloration, but it is all-in-all in remarkably good condition!

The custom label was used for his one of a kind and couture pieces, so you can have the privilege of owning a piece of fashion and Hollywood history!  We acquired this dress from an auction years ago, but we were recently fortunate to find 3 additional original Gilbert Adrian 1940s dresses from the estate of a high end department store owner.

Bust 40"
Waist  32"
Hips  40"
Arm Opening  16"
Shoulders from seam to seam across the back  22"
Length from front center to waist  22"
Length from waist 42"
Length from center back to waist 18"










 Joan Crawford in a Black and White Gilbert Adrian Dress Joan Crawford in a dramatic Gilbert Adrian Evening Gown

Joan Crawford in Gilbert Adrian Dresses


Greta Garbo in Gilbert Adrian Dress in Mata Hari 1931

Greta Garbo in Gilbert Adrian for the Film Mata Hari, 1931

He was born Adrian Adolph Greenburg, in Naugatuck, Connecticut, on March 3, 1903. Adrian trained at the Parsons School of Fine Arts. It is rumored that songwriter Irving Berlin hired the then 18 year old designer for a Broadway presentation of "The Music Box Revue" after seeing his creations in Paris. It was Natacha Rambova, the wife of Rudolph Valentino and movie art director, who gave Gilbert Adrian access to Hollywood royalty in the 1920’s. He designed for two of Rudy’s films and the rest is history.  

His design emphasis was on simplicity but he had the ability to drape fabrics that is unrivaled to this day. He was a 1944 Coty award winner but unfortunately never won an Oscar because the category of costume design wasn’t created until after he left MGM. He was the head designer for over 250 movies and had an illustrious career dressing some of the world’s most famous women. One of my favorite of his accomplishments is that he designed costumes, including the ruby slippers, for The Wizard of Oz. He married the actress Janet Gaynor and they lived in Brazil in the last years of his life. Sadly, he died at the young age of 56 of a heart attack.  Gilbert Adrian left a lasting impression that will forever define the most glamorous era of Hollywood's history.


Costume and Dress Designer Gilbert Adrian



We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.

The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours. 


We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:


BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.  

Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements

WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.

LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement. RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso,  and then a waist down measurement. INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.

SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve.  When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**

*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.

**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.

Women's Clothing International Size Conversion Chart

Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave

At Modig, we pride ourselves in selling vintage items that are in excellent condition and ready to use. Everything in our inventory has been professionally cleaned and stored in a climate controlled, pest-free environment.

All of our items are pre-owned, and as such we do our best to mention any flaw in detail, including photographs when appropriate. Slight imperfections are part of the history of vintage garments, but it is our goal to make sure that you know exactly what you are getting when you shop with us.

Here is a guide to condition for our site:

DEADSTOCK or AS NEW: May include original tags or may appear unworn.

EXCELLENT - Very minor to no visible flaws found. May have been washed and worn, but was well taken care of and stored properly.

VERY GOOD - Close to excellent but might not appear as "crisp" as it would have been originally but is still a wonderful piece. There may be an inconspicuous spot or a few loose beads, sequins, etc. 

NOTE: Most of our items are included in the above categories unless stated otherwise. We only list items in the categories below if they are extremely rare, unique, or have an important label.

GOOD - Definitely wearable but there is a small spot we couldn’t remove, a tiny hole, or slight fade, etc. 

FAIR - When we sell garments in this category, it is mainly because they are from an important designer or rare pieces from the late 1800s or early part of the 20th century. They are generally fragile textiles, and are meant to be used for study or display purposes.

We have been selling vintage clothing for over two decades, and have many wonderful customers that have bought with us since the beginning. To build and maintain that kind of trust and relationship, we pride ourselves on cleanliness, proper storage techniques, and sharp eyes for flaws.



Please note that all orders have a 1-3 business day handling time in addition to the shipping times below. Please contact us before making your purchase if you need an item by a specific date so we can advise you on shipping and expedited handling.

Domestic shipping within the US (2-3 business days) for a flat fee. Domestic US orders over $150 have complementary shipping.

Domestic expedited shipping (1-2 business days) is available at checkout for a flat fee. Please contact us if you need something overnighted.

International Shipping (4-10 business days) for a flat fee based on item weight.

International shipping is complementary with orders over $500.

Expedited Global Express Guaranteed (1-3 business days) is available for a flat fee.

Please be familiar with your own customs policies and charges. The customer is accountable for any additional customs fees, taxes and/or charges. Modig is not responsible for any items damaged or lost by the shipping carrier.



We want your shopping experience with Modig to be as easy and hassle-free as possible. As such, we have extended our return policy in order to better address the needs of our customers.

To better guarantee your purchase, we encourage our customers to read all condition statements and review the detailed measurements provided for every item on our site. We also encourage you to ask any questions in advance before purchasing anything from us including sizing information, color clarification, etc.

We can easily accommodate exchanges or returns for store credit.

Returns are accepted if you follow the steps below:

1. We are contacted within 24 hours of receiving the item with written intent to return.

2. Once approved for a return, the item is postmarked for return within 48 hours of the notification.

3. Item is unworn with all tags attached and in the condition it was sent. If tags are removed and/or item has been worn or shows damage of any kind, we retain the right to refuse a refund for the item or deduct the cost of cleaning/mending from the return amount.

4. Buyer is responsible for return shipping charges and will not be reimbursed for the original shipping cost (this includes all custom fees, duties and taxes).

5. Returned item must be shipped with appropriate tracking and insurance. We can provide the return shipping label if requested, and the cost will be deducted from the final return amount.

Return Address:


1427 NW Raleigh St.

Portland, OR, 97209


Items NOT eligible for returns:

X Purchases from our Sale section

X Jewelry, handbags, shoes and accessories

X Lingerie and underthings

X Antique garments (1930's or earlier)

X No refunds are given for items damaged or lost by the carrier during shipping. We ship all items insured and the purchaser is to pursue any shipping claims with the carrier.