Rene Gruau, Illustrator extraordinaire literally made my heart race the first time I saw his work in the Negresco in Nice. Post two men defined French fashion, Christian Dior and his illustrator Rene Gruau, The New Look was born.
Rene Gruau was one of the finest fashion illustrators of the century. Working a lot with Christian Dior, his illustrations are often associated with the New Look. Below are some great mid-century illustrations of his featuring hats.