Rene Gruau (Fashion Illustrator) - His style ranged from open-faced friendly women, who look as if they enjoy wearing fashionable clothes, to elegant seductive creatures who wear their garments with an air of mystery. He was truly, an icon of the fashion world. - from http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/designers/rene-gruau/
The Italian fashion illustrator Rene Gruau (1909-2004) became one of the best known and favorite artists of the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s. Gruau skills and creativity had enormous influence on modern day fashion advertising and photography. Simple and striking lines are the characteristics of his beautiful illustrations.