Friday, November 23, 2012

It appears that Rene Gruau's appeal will always be with us.  Look at this dress.  It is a recent acquisition and huge highlight of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) called simply "Big"  It is the newest installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume on Level 4 in the Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

“This installation highlights objects that are BIG,” states Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curator in the ROM’s World Cultures department. She continues, “BIG is not just about size. Even the smallest textile can have BIG personal, social, and cultural value that shifts according to context."

This great dress was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture. Specially commissioned by the ROM and made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, this dramatic coat-dress was inspired by fashion illustrator RenĂ© Gruau’s drawings of the 1940s and 1950s and is a 21st century reworking of Dior’s 1947 New Look.

What do you think?



Rene Gruau

One of the top fashion illustrators ever to appear in magazine covers, advertisements, posters and the like. This page is a celebration to the man. I hope you enjoy the images and information. In addition, I will sell some very rare ads on linen to frame from time to time. So please look for those.

Sincerely, T. D.

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