A Very Rare Gilbert Adrian Vintage Silk Novelty Print 1940s Dress SOLD
1940's Gilbert Adrian Dress
Amazing opportunity to own a museum quality very rare silk 1940s Gilbert Adrian vintage designer dress in an exotic novelty print. This dress came from the estate of a Northwest high end department store owner who saved 3 pieces from her 1940's store and all 3 are Gilbert Adrian dresses! This one is exceptional with what appears to be pages out of a book and images of snakes, bugs, birds, and jungle cats. Classic Adrian original shoulder pads, butterfly sleeves and two ties - one for the neck and the other for the waist. Side metal zipper and appears to have never been worn.
|Bust||36" to 38"|
|Length from top of shoulder to waist||16"|
|Length from waist||40"|
|Side slit in skirt||17"|
He designed Dorothy's red slippers, but Adrian is loved by fashion collectors for his unforgetable designs for many of Hollywood's most glamorous leading laides.During the golden age of Hollywood, Gilbert Adrian turned ordinary actresses into immortal icons. His reported favorite was Greta Garbo but his clientele also included Joan Crawford, (yes, he gave her those unforgettable shoulder pads),Norma Shearer and Jean Harlow. He designed costumes for all of MGM’s lead actresses for 13 years and then opened his own shop in Beverly Hills. He is credited for having given many of those same actresses the "look" for which they were known.
"I love a dress on your site, but since you don't give an actual size, how do I know it will fit me?"
When buying vintage (especially online), BEWARE OF SIZE NUMBERS! It can be difficult to find clothing that will fit by using one number to determine your size because sizing varies across different manufacturers and eras. 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.|
|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.**
*Keep in mind that fabrics with stretch will have some give and if that give is substantial, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**Remember that with dolman sleeves, the measuring can be trickier because there is no shoulder seam - it can also be more difficult to measure the bust because of the way it seamlessly joins the sleeve.
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.
Dressing Vintage offers free domestic US shipping and International orders are shipped free over $300. Our preferred shipping carrier is the US Postal Service.
If you have a special shipping requirement or time issue, please contact us in advance of purchase and let us know. Please be familiar with your own customs policies and charges.
Because of the unique nature of vintage clothing, we have a limited return policy. We only accept returns if the item you receive from us has a major flaw that detracts from its wearability or value that was not mentioned in the description. Though we also try to mention them, this does not include minor issues such as loose threads, slight seam stress, loose buttons, etc. We only accept returns based on size or fit issues on an individual basis at our discretion. All returns must be pre-approved via email. Here is our policy:
1. We must be contacted within 24 hours of receipt of the item.
2. Written notification of intent to return item must be made by email before the item is shipped back to us to:
Or by fax to:
3. The item must be shipped back to us within 48 hours of receipt insured for the full purchase price. Item must be returned to:
4. The item must arrive in the condition it was when shipped to the buyer. Customer will be refunded unless the item returned shows any sign of wear and it is then up to the discretion of Dressing Vintage to determine a fair refund amount.
5. If the item you purchased had a *major flaw that we failed to mention,we will issue a refund of the full purchase price usually within 48 hours of receipt of the item in satisfactory condition. If you are returning an item because of size issues, personal preferences, etc., we will gladly issue store credit and the buyer is responsible for return shipping costs.
6. No refunds are given on items damaged or lost by carrier in shipping. We ship all items insured and the purchaser is to pursue any shipping claims with the carrier - usually the US Postal Service.
At Dressing Vintage, we pride ourselves in selling vintage garments that are in excellent condition and ready to wear. If there are any issues at all with anything we have listed on our site, we do our best to mention them all in detail, including photographs when appropriate. You might find a loose thread or button now and then that we miss, 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:
MINT - In "as new" condition. May include original tags or may appear unworn.
EXCELLENT - No issues found, likely has been worn but well taken care of and stored properly.
VERY GOOD - Mostly in excellent condition but may need a hook and eye replaced, or have a small seam separation or a few missing sequins, a button, etc. But nothing found that is not easily repaired! We will mention any of those issues found in the item's description.
GOOD - Definitely wearable but might have a pin hole, a spot we were unable to remove, or a tear that is not in the seam but in an inconspicuous spot. It might just be that the item doesn't appear as "crisp" as it would have been originally but is still a wonderful piece! This is a great opportunity to get something at a very affordable price that is still a one of a kind piece!
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. These are usually meant to be used for study or display purposes.
We have been selling vintage clothing for over a decade, 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.