11 December 2010

René Gruau fashion drawings




I spent last Sunday swooning over fashion illustration exhibitions with my mum. First stop was Drawing Fashion at the Design Museum, a whistlestop tour through a range of work, beginning with shy and precise pencil sketches by Erté from 1915, right through to present day with Aurore de la Morinerie's impressionistic silhouettes. I was disappointed that the exhibition panels didn't give more pointers on the differences in drawing style, yet it was well worth a visit for the range of gorgeous works on view.




The highlight of the exhibition for me was the work of René Gruau in the 1950s and 1960s, the artist responsible for the images in this post. Bizarrely, however, the second exhibition we went to - Dior Illustrated at Somerset House - was entirely dedicated to Gruau, yet as far as I could tell there was no cooperation or cross-promotion between the two venues, which seemed like a wasted opportunity. The second exhibition gave visitors much more comprehensive information, yet suffered from Dior perfume promotion overkill. Nonetheless, it was a great opportunity to admire a range of work by a bold artist with a knack for capturing a moment or a gesture in a few sweeping lines.


11 comments:

  1. Oh they are beautiful - I absolutely love them all! The glamorous dress glimpsed through the admiring suits, that glove, the white dress in darkness..... as I said I love them all! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. How fabulous would these be framed in a sewing room?

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  3. These are wonderful! They have a Toulouse-Lautrec vibe to them but also very modern. They would look fabulous in a sewing room.

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  4. Gorgeous, I love the one that shows the back of the little black dress.

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  5. Beautiful drawings! What I really like is how fashion is usually associated to a moment and situation, like, you wear the gorgeous white dress with pearls and you´re surrounded by chatting men. It´s quite an obvious remark but I find it so charming.

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  6. La Inglesita - yes, you've articulated that very well. Same with the wrap, tossed on the chair quite messily, but it gets you imagining the glamorous lady who left it there and the story behind her taking it off. Captivating!

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  7. I'm so glad you gave a bit of a review of the exhibition, it was so interesting! I'd really like to go though, looking at these pictures, they're beautiful.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  8. Thanks for sharing these, they're gorgeous and definitely worth making a trip to the Design Museum for I think. As other commenters have said, what's lovely about them is that they're about more than just the fashion, they evoke a sense of occasion and hint at a story. Just wonderful.

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  9. I love the pictures!!
    Amazing illustrations ^-^

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  10. These are fantastic, especially the first two! Where is this place??

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