Vintage decoded
by 4element team

René Gruau: a master of vintage couture illustrations

Delicate, sensual, effortless and elegant. With the help of a gentle brushstroke, Indian ink, pens and gouache, René Gruau created the most majestic fashion illustrations of the 20th Century. His extraordinary talent and skills were widely revered as no other artist in the world managed to translate haute couture so delicately into drawing. Gruau ushered in a new era of fashion illustrations and we are here to decode it.