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An illustration by Rene Gruau

An illustration by Rene Gruau

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GRUAU IN LONDON: The late fashion illustrator Rene Gruau, known for his work with Dior in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, is having a moment in London. Today, an exhibition of his work with Dior, called “Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau & The Line of Beauty,” will open at Somerset House in London. And last week, an exhibition of Gruau’s cover art for International Textiles Magazine opened at the Fashion Illustration Gallery in London’s Mayfair. “If you ask any fashion illustrators [today], Gruau was such a big influence,” said Claire Catterall, curator at Somerset House, at a preview for the Somerset House exhibition Tuesday. “His illustrations are of their time, but so completely modern — I think it’s because they’re so pared down with such simple lines.”

The Somerset House exhibition runs through January 9, while the Fashion Illustration Gallery exhibition runs through December 4.

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