""Dream of Love" was a mess - a bad script, no direction, no story worth mentioning." - Joan Crawford
"Dream of Love" 1928
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Adrienne), Nils Asther, Aileen Pringle, Warner Oland, Carmel Myers, Harry Renhardt, Harry Myers, Alphonse
Martell, Fletcher Norton.
Joan plays, Adrienne, a gypsy girl, in the throws of an affair with a Prince (Nils Asther), in the meantime, the Prince (Nils
Asher) is spreading himself around, entertaining the likes of the Duchess (Aileen Pringle) and the Countess (Carmel Myers).
In 1928, a fashion designer by the name of "Adrian" came to MGM and ruled over the fashion world of the silver screen. He designed clothes for Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, and of course, Joan Crawford. During the thirteen years that Adrian reigned at MGM as their top designer, he dressed Joan in some of the most exquisite outfits that Hollywood had ever seen. Joan and Adrian were the first pairing of movie star and fashion designer. Adrian retired in 1941, opening a salon in Beverly Hills, however, when Joan won her 1945 Best Actress Oscar for Mildred Pierce, Adrian came out of retirement to design the outfits for her next film, Humoresque (1946).
Joan credited Adrian with her "look," both on and off the screen, saying, "Adrian had a profound effect both
on my professional and personal life. He put the ruffles in the right places and showed me how to dress. The clothes he designed
for MGM pictures had a very great impact, not only on the picture business but on the style of the whole country. In fact,
I don't remember any 'fashions' before Adrian. My style had been bows - everwhere. Adrian toned me down, not in color but
in line, and gave me a tailored look that was so distinctive. He decided to emphasize my broad, square shoulders, and this
became an overnight sensation in the 1930s and dominated women's styles for more than ten years. Adrian, a true artist, always
subdued for dramatic scenes. But for a lighter scene, he would create a 'big dress.'" [Lawrence J. Quirk: The Films of
Joan Crawford, 1968].
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The New York Sun had this to say, "Miss Crawford was not directed as well as usual, and as a result was not at her best,
but "Dream of Love" is probably not the right material for such a fresh and vital actress as she customarily is.
Any coming American star is liable to wither in Graustark."
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