Gruau’s Elegant Beauties
During the 1940s and 50s Fashion illustrator René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) worked in the world of haute couture. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater. The influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.