Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gene wears Adrian: A Woman of Means

Barely remembered today, the 1934 MGM movie “Chained” starred Joan Crawford and provided her with a fantastic opportunity to wear a few gorgeous Art Deco creations by designer supreme, Adrian. Crawford plays Diane Lovering, the mistress of Richard Field, a prominent Manhattan businessman.

Though she really isn't in love with Field, she feels obligated to marry him when he divorces his wife. By the time the divorce is final, Diane has fallen for wealthy South American rancher Mike Bradley (Clark Gable). Out of loyalty to Field, she cuts off her relationship with Mike. Naturally, the plot resolves with a happy ending for Mike & Diane.

Gene Marshall is modeling the same Adrian creation, thanks to Sandra Stillwell, who worked with Adrian’s son and in partnership with Joan Greene & Lam/Greene design studios. Sandra plans to have future designs available. If interested, you can email her with your inquiry. It is a sumptous set with intricate details. One note to prospective collectors: I switched out the shoes for this photo shoot, as I preferred this set of pumps to the open-toed shoes that come with it.

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