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A new exhibition at Somerset House explores the close relationship and collaboration between Christian Dior and René Gruau - master fashion illustrator
Written by Nick Bain
Few people have changed the world of fashion and people’s perception of femininity as Christian Dior. Revered in his own lifetime as a fashion god at the forefront of post-war modernity with his celebrated 'New Look'. At his side was friend and lifelong collaborator René Gruau who would create some of the most enduring fashion images of the 20th century.
In the third of its fashion based exhibitions Somerset House has gathered together a strong collection of Gruau’s work from the 1950s right up until the time he finished working with the house of Dior in the 1980s.
Whether translating Dior’s floral inspiration or producing illustrations for the ever masculine Eau Sauvage fragrance, it is the simplicity in Gruau’s work that always jumps to the fore. All at once the work is of its own time but also undoubtedly modern and timeless. The exhibition takes you through several distinct elements of Gruau’s work and his… read more