Gruau: Portraits of Men


René Gruau, born in Italy to an aristocratic Italian father and a French mother, whose maiden name he adopted, settled in Paris in 1924 to embark on a career as a fashion illustrator. The name of René Gruau has been synonymous with fashion since the 1940s, and he is particularly associated with the house of Dior, for which he created some of the most enduring and iconic images in the history of fashion and beauty. Primarily known for his colorful and vivacious portrayals of women, Gruau revolutionized the concept of masculinity in fashion imagery and advertising from the 1960s to the ’80s, depicting the modern casual, confident man with humor and sex appeal—including images of partial male nudity that were considered shocking at the time.

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ISBN: 9781614280781
W 9.61 x L 12.05 x D 1.38 in
Hardcover with Jacket
250 pages - 250 illustrations
Released in November 2012
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