Thursday, 18 November 2010

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty

Any woman will gasp at the name. We are talking haute-couture, glamour and chic. Dresses so beautifully cut they seem unreal, as if they had been sewn on the body – the essence of femininity. To learn a little more about this magic, rush to the Somerset House’s retrospective of René Gruau, Dior’s iconic illustrator. The two artists met in 1936, when they were both working in the fashion department of le Figaro. They shared the same thoughts, the same visions: a friendship that also led to a fruitful collaboration of 50 years…

                    Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at Somerset House
Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty is a celebration of the work of influential illustrator René Gruau at London's Somerset HouseStrand, London WC2R 1LA.

This exhibition focuses on his work for Dior, with more than 40 original illustrations for Christian Dior Parfums on show, including:

  • Vintage perfume bottles
  • Sketches
  • Magazines
  • Poster adverts
As well as beautiful illustrations, prepare to gush over John Galliano's selection of Dior haute couture dresses, including a special dress designed by Galliano in honour of Gruau.

                                                             René Gruau's Legacy

René Gruau (1909-2004) not only captured the spirit of Dior, but influenced the graphic style of future fashion illustrators.

To mark this important legacy, Dior Illustrated features specially commissioned pieces – inspired by Gruau's work for Dior – by five cutting-edge UK illustrators:

  • Jasper Goodall
  • Daisy Fletcher
  • Erin Petson
  • Richard Kilroy
  • Sarah Arnett

Dior Illustrated: Events

From Gruau to Now, 18 Nov
Discussion about Gruau's legacy with Cally Blackman, author of 100 Years of Fashion Illustration, and contemporary fashion illustrators Daisy Fletcher and Jasper Goodhall

Fashion Illustration in Advertising, 2 Dec
Panel discussion about the enduring role of illustration in advertising and communication

Perfume: Capturing the Spirit of Dior Fragrance, 9 Dec
Talk about the history and composition of Dior's iconic fragrances

Dior Illustrated: Late Studios
Resident DJs spin tracks from past and present as you enjoy a drink and get creative. You can make an extravagant headpiece, create a chic paper doll or join a life-size fashion illustration class

Living Doll, 24 Nov
Make your own paper dolls inspired by René Gruau's illustrations, then create wardrobes for them in the style of Christian Dior and John Galliano.

Masters of Disguise, 8 Dec
Create a headpiece inspired by Gruau's famous hats, masks and veils, then take a turn on the catwalk to show off your design.

Super Models, 5 Jan
Become a supermodel for the evening and create a life-size fashion illustration. Then dress and decorate your silhouette with your own fantasy fashion ensemble inspired by Dior.

Special Documentary Screening - Dior: The Man behind the Myth, 27 Nov
Insightful documentary about Christian Dior, his influences, rise to fame and reluctant celebrity

Dates: 10 November 2010 to 9 January 2011
Times: 10 Nov 2010 - 09 Jan 2011 Daily 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Venue: Somerset House Trust

That's a good reason to visit London one more time...
Someone to book me a ticket and I'm leaving  now!


  1. The second and the third photos seem very to of the paintings of Jean Avril bt Toulouse Lautrec!
    I LIKE IT!

  2. Wow, these are beautiful!:D

    The 3rd one is my favorite.:D Thanks for sharing, Kelly!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  3. woow ... great post :D

    I also follow you ;)

    New post.. visit me ;)

  4. I follow you with bloglovin, the other does not work :S


  5. So enticing, wish I was closer so I could go...

    Enter My First Jewelry Giveaway: A Snake Ring!

  6. Beautiful illustrations. Can I come to London with you?



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