• René Gruau's Elegant Simplicity

    6 days ago - By Gurney Journey

    René Gruau (1909-2004) simplified his designs to the point of elegance.
    His father was an Italian count and his mother a French aristocrat. When they split up, he went with his mother to Paris, where he became a leading illustrator for haute-couture fashion designers such as Christian Dior.
    In the high fashion world, outfits are made by hand specifically for the measurements and even the stance of a given model.
    As early as the 1930s, magazines started using photography to represent fashions, so artists needed to come up with a distinctive look that photos couldn't compete with.
    His...
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