It would be a great chance to see Cover Art, a unique collection of original works on paper made by René Gruau (1909-2004) for your first visit at the Fashion Illustration Gallery in Mayfair.

Showcasing the front covers of the worlds first ever international rag trade magazine International Textiles from 1946 to 1984. A lasting influence on decades that followed, Gruau’s mature style with its bold, solid colours, daring use of negative space and sweeping black lines signalled optimism and opulence after World War II. Gruau was labelled “the 20th century’s greatest fashion illustrator.”

His distinctive drawings had been seen on the pages of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, as well as his sketches for major designers including Christain Dior, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Rochas, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and Hubert de Givenchy.

The FIG exhibition coincides with the exhibitions Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at Somerset House and Drawing Fashion at the Design Museum.

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