Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrating René Gruau

John Galliano's Spring 2011 Couture line for Dior was a beautiful tribute to fashion illustrator René Gruau. Renown for his breathtaking watercolor fashion sketches and masterful contrast of graphic color against negative space, Gruau became a celebrated artist in the 1940's and 50's. Gruau was hired by Christian Dior to be the advertising director for the design house. The two eventually forged a friendship, and Galliano's tribute collection is a reminder of what the House of Dior once was.

From Dior's Spring 2011 Couture Collection:

Gruau's Illustrations:


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