Rene Gruau (1909-2004) has always been my favorite fashion illustrator of all time!
Ever since I was eighteen and studying art in Paris, all through my career, and up till now, I cannot stop being amazed at how, with 2 or 3 little brush strokes, the most astonishing lady appears: Sensual, glamourous and ultra sophisticated.
He collaborated with major magazines like Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, and Madame Figaro, and major designers like Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Rochas, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and Hubert de Givenchy and the great Yves St Laurent. Gruau gave life to their haute couture clothing with his captivating illustrations.
I'll let you browse through my favorites right here, and enjoy the lines
as well as the composition of each page. Total respect!