Illustrator Rene Gruau marked fashion history and an entire era with hisink black silhouettes. “Liberty, economy, vitality” are the defining words to describe the aristocratic Gruau and his ability to capture objects of desire with a few precise yet fluid strokes.
Gruau is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest fashion artists of the last century. His name is synonymous with the story of high fashion, particularly the story of Parisian creativity through the second half of the 20th century – the glory years of haute couture and its related world of luxury.
Gruau’s illustrious career involved prosperous associations with the great magazines, among them Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Flair, and Elle, and with the most brilliant designers including a long career with Dior.