RENE GRUAU ILLUSTRATION
Rene Gruau (1909-2004) was one of the most iconic fashion illustrator of the 20th century. Rene was famous for his illustrations for Christian Dior. René Gruau's bold lines and fluid style were perfectly in tune with the spirit of Dior, capturing the energy, elegance and audacity of the brand. His illustrations also tell of a special understanding Gruau had of Christian Dior himself, born of a close friendship between the two men. Gruau influenced the graphic style of a whole generation of fashion illustrators and the exhibition featured specially commissioned pieces from five UK based illustrators, whose works was inspired by the the rich collaboration between Gruau and the House of Dior.