Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at Somerset House

16 Oct

SARL Rene Gruau

An earlier post you might remember was entitled ‘Reasons I J’adore Dior’, and I looked at the illustrations of René Gruau (1909-2004), arguably the most well-known and well-loved fashion illustrator of the twentieth century (if one considers David Downton the equivalent of the twenty-first century). His iconic images of both fashion and beauty will always be linked with Dior – though he did work for other houses and brands his work for Dior is among his most beautiful. Enticing, exquisite and alluring, his images must have sunk a million credit accounts as advertising gained momentum through the 1950s and his luxury, premium clients commissioned him to sell, sell, sell. Somerset House is hosting an exhibition of his work including over forty original illustrations for Christian Dior Parfums. Accompanying and complimenting the collection is a series of Dior Haute Couture dresses selected by John Galliano himself, including a dress he has designed in homage to Gruau. Fans of art, fashion, beauty and, well Dior, should get themselves along from 10th November onwards. Watch out, gift shop: here I come…

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at Somerset House, London 10th November 2010 – 9th January 2011.

Opening hours: daily from 10.00 to 18.00 Location: Embankment Galleries, Somerset House Admission: £6, £5 Concessions Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

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One Response to “Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at Somerset House”

  1. Emma Computergirl October 16, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Oooo This looks great. I will do my best to attend. I like Dior too. 🙂 x

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