Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rene Gruau - Fashion Illustrator

René Gruau was born in Italy in 1909 of an aristocratic Italian father and a French mother. He settled in Paris in 1924 and embarked on his career as a fashion illustrator. His earliest drawings were published  in  Italy,  Germany  and EnglandDuring his career he worked on every major fashion publication including Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire. In 1947, his friend Christian Dior entrusted him with drawing the Miss Dior advertisement from which the 'New Look' was born. He also worked on major advertising campaigns for Lido & Moulin Rouge as well as for the greatest names in Haute Couture including  Balmain, Balenciaga and Givenchy. 



Images via Rene Gruau website



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