Dior Illustrated at Somerset House

Dior Illustrated : René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at the Somerset House.

Come and celebrate the work of llustrator René Gruau who created iconic fashion imagery for Dior in the 1940s and 50s.

The exhibition focuses on his work for Dior, with more than 40 original illustrations for Christian Dior Parfums on show, including:

Vintage perfume bottles, Sketches, Magazines and Poster adverts.

As well as beautiful illustrations, prepare to gush over John Galliano's selection of Dior haute couture dresses, including a special dress designed by Galliano in honour of Gruau.

Gruau worked for some of the most famous couture houses and style magazines of the period but is best known for his collaboration with Christian Dior, for whom he created the marketing images for Dior's first perfume, Miss Dior, in 1947. The exhibition includes some of his illustrations for Dior parfums, alongside the original bottles. Gruau's fashion illustration remains influential today and there's the opportunity to see some of his sketches, alongside some of the haute couture dresses that inspired them, providing a glamorous snapshot of the era.

The exhibition runs until 9 January. Tickets cost £6, with concessions at £5.

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