Adrian: the glamour, the stars and the fashions of 1930s Hollywood

Richardson, Deborah (2012) Adrian: the glamour, the stars and the fashions of 1930s Hollywood. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The focus of this dissertation is 1930s costume designer Adrian. Adrian has continuously been referred to by critics and fashion scholars as one of the most influential costume designers in history. My research uncovers how Adrian earned such as prestigious title. The main topics discussed throughout this body of work include; 1930s glamour and how Adrian portrayed it through his costumes, his time working as head costume designer for MGM studios, the actresses Adrian dressed looking specifically at Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford and lastly, how his costumes impacted on fashions of the 1930s. Conclusions are drawn in this dissertation through the use of academic sources such as Gundle and Castelli’s 'The glamour system' and biographical texts including Christian Esquevin’s 'Adrian: from silver screen to custom labe'l. Articles and Fan letters from 'Photoplay' magazine are also used to gain insight into the views of 1930 cinema audiences. Inspiration for this dissertation topic came from David Chierichetti’s 'Hollywood Costume Design' in which he analyses MGM’s costume department. This inspired me to research the subject in broader detail, coming to the conclusion that Adrian helped re-shape glamour, fashion and MGM stars of the 1930s through costume.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 11:41
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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