Inspired By: Rene Gruau

1 Nov

Whenever we think about fashion illustration, our mind is immediately awash with images by Rene Gruau. The Italian-born artist essentially defined elegance on paper during the 1940s and 1950s. Known most for his work for the House of Dior, Gruau’s illustrations were also found in just about all of the major fashion glossies of the era, like Marie Claire and L’Officiel. His signature painterly hand gave his work a distinct, lively quality that was much different from the illustrations of many of his contemporaries, who tended more towards a static presentation. Take a quick spin through fashion and any upscale, luxury-driven campaigns in almost any print magazine, and you will find Gruau’s influence front and center. Below, some of our favorite Gruau illustrations.


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