Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rene Gruau

One of our most loved forms of creative expression here at HOL is the fashion illustration. When we think of this wonderful art form, the first name that comes to mind is the late, great Rene Gruau. Since the 1930's he has been illustrating for high fashion magazines such as Femina, Marie Claire, and  L'Officiel. In 1947, his friend Christian Dior commissioned him to draw the Miss Dior advertisement, and the famous Bar dress. In 1948 he made the move to the United States where he worked for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, before dedicating his art solely to advertising in 1949. From 1950 until the 90's he continued to work for some of the post prestigious fashion houses and magazines around the world. With a career that has spanned the decades, his pieces have become collectable and iconic, and will surely continue to inspire future stylish generations!