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Kiss

Kiss

René GRUAU loves women. With great humour, he defines Glamour and Sensuality by revealing the feminine universe - made of luxury, frivolity, futility and narcissism - as the most natural thing in the...

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Cabaret

Cabaret

Following in the footsteps of Toulouse-Lautrec in the 19th century, for forty years, René GRUAU was responsible for creating the image of the great cabaret shows of the 20th century. [nggallery id=5]

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Ads

Ads

The main illustrator of luxury brand names, his style becomes the unavoidable blueprint for major names and industries worldwide... He passes on his unequalled elegance to the world of advertising... And...

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Champagne

Champagne

Whilst in Paris, René GRUAU again uses WOMEN to convey the notion of the French way of life, featuring celebrations and bubbles... Timeless images... "Nuits Folles" in Paris... And the celebrations...

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Fashion

Fashion

One of the main personalities in post-war Haute Couture, He developed the NEW LOOK with DIOR... He drew designs for the top names in French Haute Couture... He also illustrated professional magazines...

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René GRUAU was born in Italy in 1909 of an aristocratic Italian father and a French mother, Marie GRUAU, whose name he took. He settled in Paris in 1924 and embarked on his career as a fashion illustrator. His earliest drawings were published in Italy, Germany and England.

From 1935 to 1939, he worked with FEMINA, MARIE-CLAIRE, L’OFFICIEL, L’ALBUM DU FIGARO and other magazines.

In 1946, he did his first job for INTERNATIONAL TEXTILES, whose covers he designed until 1984.

In 1947, his friend Christian DIOR entrusted him with drawing the MISS DIOR advertisement and the famous Bar dress. the New Look was born.

In 1948, he left for the United States to work for HARPER’S BAZAAR and VOGUE, before becoming the exclusive artist for FLAIR.

In 1949, he devoted his time to advertising: ROUGE BAISER, LIDO, MOULIN ROUGE, BEMBERG, BLIZZAND.

Between 1950 and now, he has worked for the greatest names in Haute Couture: BALMAIN, FATH, BALENCIAGA, GIVENCHY, ROCHAS. whilst continuing to produce fashion drawings for ELLE, VOGUE, FRANCE, MADAME FIGARO and L’OFFICIEL DE LA COUTURE.