Fashion illustration Rene Gruau (1909-2004) worked for many of the classic couturiers. He also created the advertisement artwork for other very French items,from Champagne to Air France. But for many of us Gruau's most iconic work is his Christian Dior fashion and perfume ads. And apparently, John Galliano feels the same.
Galliano's collection for Christian Dior Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 aimed to bring Gruau's illustrations to life. It was a complete success. This is couture and not Ready-to-Wear, so I don't predict any item making its way into my closet (though I would sell my soul for a jacket or two from this collection). The same goes for the red eyebrows. But the clothes were inspired and inspiring and the makeup look was as Dior as it comes, with sharp arched eyebrows, winged eyeliner and bright red lips.
Vintage Dior ads by Rene Gruau from paperpursuits.com.
Christian Dior Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images via Zimbio