The Adele Bergreen Couture Collection  

The Adele Bergreen Couture Collection

The Adele Bergreen Couture Collection

Chicago, Illinois


Wednesday, December 9 | 10am CT

Exhibition Times

Friday, December 4 |10am – 5pm

Saturday, December 5 | 10am – 3pm

Sunday, December 6 | 12pm – 4pm

Monday, December 7 | 10am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 8 | 10am – 5pm


Anne Forman


Mr. and Mrs. Bergreen were exemplary figures in New York’s legal and business fields, prominent cultural benefactors, and partners from the time they met.  After graduating from Vassar College in 1944, Adele Gabel enrolled at Yale Law School, where she completed her law degree.  Following her time at Yale, Adele met and married Morris Bergreen, and together they started a family and then, in the early 1950s, the law firm Bergreen & Bergreen.

By the 1960s Morris Bergreen’s law practice expanded to represent Italian businesses, including Valentino.  Adele, who was fluent in Italian, accompanied her husband on working trips to Italy where she chronicled in her travel diary their frequent visits to Valentino’s salon in Rome, During this time the Bergreens became close friends with Valentino and Adele’s affinity for the Italian people, culture and style is clearly reflected in her taste in fashion.  She was both a client and friend of Valentino and wore his couture and ready-to-wear lines almost exclusively.

Adele Bergreen was an ardent supporter of the arts throughout her life.  From the Metropolitan Opera and the Philharmonic in New York, to the novels of Anthony Trollope and the study of photography, Mrs. Bergreen’s creative pursuits were rivaled only by her civic commitments and philanthropic endeavors.  At various times she was a Trustee of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York, Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester, the Palm Springs Art Museum, Oxford University School of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  She also donated the Morris and Adele Bergreen Albert Einstein Collection, an inherited collection of Einstein’s letters and books, to Vassar.

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