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Rene Gruau. My all time favourite fashion illustrator. Hard to describe why I love this portrait so much without sounding like a pretentious art critic. She is so so feminine, the flowers suggest fragility and yet she is oh-so powerful.

My all time favourite fashion illustrator. Hard to describe why I love this portrait so much without sounding like a pretentious art critic. She is so so feminine, the flowers suggest fragility and yet she is oh-so powerful.

René Gruau - "Elegance is fluid. It consists of desire and knowledge, grace, refinement, perfection, and distinction.” (René Gruau)

Rene Gruau Flower Woman (c. early century) What strikes me is how simple these illustrations look. A couple of strokes and you’ve got a glamourous woman in a couture gown. I would love to find out more about the process of an illustrator.

By René Gruau, 1 9 5 2, Cristóbal Balenciaga.

Fashion Drawings - René Gruau 1909 - 2004 Gruau's fluid line, bold use of colour, composition and psychology make his work stand out. He is undoubtedly the best fashion artist of the mid century; he was without peers

Rene Gruau illustration - Fine art print - i001

René Gruau was an italian illustrator that collaborated with Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin, and several important magazines, that revolutionized not only the fashion industry but also the art world with his extremely elegant and pure work.