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René Gruau's Elegant Simplicity

5 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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