Gilbert Adrian joined the De Mille studios in 1925. Adrian had been designing for stage productions since 1921, including George White’s Scandals and Irving Berlin’s Music Box. Adrian’s film work had begun in 1922 with Distinctive Pictures, and continued with gowns for Constance Talmadge at First National and Mae Murray at Tiffany.
In 1924 a contract with Rudolph Valentino’s Ritz Carlton company brought Adrian to Hollywood. When his costumes distinguished a 1925 stage prologue at the Hollywood Egyptian Theatre, he received offers from William Fox, First National, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He chose to work for DeMille because the producer-director would give him artistic freedom.
Adrian worked happily with DeMille until 1928, when the company moved to M-G-M, and Adrian was offered the job of designer at that studio. When DeMille returned to Paramount in 1932, Adrian remained at M-G-M, becoming the best-known costumer of Hollywood’s glamour years.