DescriptionTHE COLLECTION OF PAUL GREGORY AND JANET GAYNOR
A COLLECTION OF MOUNTED BUTTERFLIES IN RIKER SPECIMEN MOUNTS
Each specimen mount is labeled on the back with the species of butterfly.
Comprising 52 examples preserved in museum mounts of various sizes.
This collection of butterflies of every color, shape and size was assembled by Adrian, and later cherished by Janet Gaynor and Paul Gregory who displayed it at their "Singing Trees Ranch" in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Adrian loved butterflies and frequently incorporated their wing shapes, patterns and colors into his costume and evening wear designs. The diaphanous garments Adrian designed for the 1945 MGM Ziegfeld Follies movie, and for some of the queens and fairy creatures in The Wizard of Oz derive inspiration from the gauzy iridescence of butterfly wings.
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