Last week Wednesday, I was lucky enough to go the new exhibition at Somerset House. Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty. It was a beautiful exhibition, I enjoyed seeing first hand fashion imagery. Imagery used for ad campaigns for the brand Dior, through 50s, 60s and 70s. Mainly used to promote the brand's perfumes in magazines. There was also some garments on display, I liked the hat resembling a paintbrush and palette. With the colours of the paints, in chunky pieces of oval fabric with small coloured crystals.
Grau created mixed media illustrations using goauche, indian ink and watercolour. The illustrations were lovely to see up close, to be able to see the paint strokes was beautiful. I thought the designs, even though from mainly the 50s/60s still looked very contemporary even today. I also like the Erin Petson image, which was inspired by Grau's style. With a striking red and gold paint for the top of the girl's outfit. My favourite pictures are the ones that conceal the face, such as the one with the man holding a bunch of peonies in front of his face.