COOL: Dior illustrated

Posted on August 13, 2010 by


Now I can think of a million and six Dior obsessed people who will go to this exhibition at the ever popular Somerset House. It’s a great place to escape to for a culture hit if you’re feeling a bit dopey.

Christian Dior, the man who sent shockwaves through the fashion starved post second world war scene certainly knew how to pull people out from the depression. Cutting edge began with his controversial designs which he pulled into a collection called the New Look. It was sassy, optimistic and trademarked by fashion illustrations that we’ve come to know and love and desperately try to emulate today.

One of Dior’s favourite illustrators was René Gruau (1909-2004), who created some of the most iconic fashion and beauty images of the 20th century; my personal favourite is the dark haired woman resembling Liza Minelli smoking a ‘gret wearing a tuxedo. Chilled out but red hot.

The exhibition ought to be an inoffensive affair full of people who know nowt  about fashion either. Expect to see groundbreaking artworks including original  illustrations for Christian Dior Parfums, vintage perfume  bottles, sketches and  magazines, as well as a selection of Dior Haute Couture  dresses. Pop along.

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty
An exhibition at Somerset House, London
10th November 2010 – 9th January 2011
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