As an avid lover of fashion illustration I am slightly ashamed that I only heard of Rene Gruau last year. I went to see the exhibition of his work for Dior at Somerset House and was truly inspired. He really captures the essence of Dior. Fashion photography has pushed illustration to the sidelines and, although there is still a market, it is nowhere near as lucrative as it once was. I think this is a real shame as Gruau shows just how beautiful illustrations can be and just how effective they can be - his drawings make me want Dior clothes and cosmetics more than many of their current advertising campaigns! Here are some of my favourite pics from the brochure.