Haute Gruau

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René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) was a fashion illustrator in the world of haute couture during the 1940s and 50s. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater and the influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.


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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”  Miss Piggy

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