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René Gruau

Revolution in evening dress

  • Gruau
  • Director
    Adolfo Conti
    Paris, Rome, Milan, Rimini
    Two versions available: 26' and 55'

    René Gruau was the most refined fashion illustrator of the twentieth century. A voyage of discovery through the world of an artist, born and bred in a provincial Italian town, responsible for creating the image of Dior and of international fashion in the 1950s. Stylist, advertising designer, magazine illustrator, costume artist, stage designer… Gruau worked in the world of fashion from the 1930s until the 1990s with an inimitable light touch, innate elegance and instantly recognizable style. Gruau worked in France, Britain, Italy, the United States, creating the image of great fashion houses such as Dior and adorning with his drawings the covers of Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Flair. He worked also for Balenciaga, Chanel, Fath, Schiaparelli. René Gruau  – Zavagli is  his real Italian surname - influenced the image of international haute couture like no-one else. He gave form and life to a new vision of femininity : from neutral “clothes-hangers” the women became  protagonists aware of their own charm. Unusual angles and revolutionary stylistic approaches: Gruau changed illustration for ever.


    a DOC ART production  in co-production with the AVRO and NDR / ARTE in association with RAI Educational, Magazzini Einstein, ERT – Greek Radio Television,  René Gruau s.a.r.l., with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the CoBO Fund in The Netherlands



    Martine Assouline

    Réjane Bargiel

    Roberto Capucci

    Jean Jacques Clerico

    Dominic Dormeuil

    Hubert de Givenchy

    Jean Paul Goude

    Philippe Le Moult

    Patrick Mauriès

    Marie-José Susskind Jalou





    written and directed by Adolfo Conti

    producer  Amalia Carandini

    archive producer  Ilaria Sbarigia

    director of photography and editor  Eugenio Persico

    music  Pasquale Catalano