Count Renato Zavagli-Riccardelli, better known as René Gruau (1909-2004), was born in Rimini, Italy. He was probably the most well known fashion illustrator of his time – at least, his works are. Prolific in his output during his lengthy career, his work graced the covers and pages of fashion magazines such as Marie-Claire, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar. He produced illustrations for a string of haute couture fashion houses; most famously Dior, but also Givenchy, Lanvin, Balmain, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli and Elizabeth Arden. He also designed advertising posters and other material for brands such as Air France, Martini, Cinzano, Du Maurier, Rodier, Blizzand and Fellini’s film, La Dolce Vita.
His work is widely available online, from original artwork and prints on Artnet and 1st Dibs to reproduction items on eBay and Etsy. A handful of books have been published about the man and his designs – available on Amazon.
Additional image credits:
Christies | Gruau Collection
We don’t actually have a ‘Glad Rags’ section in our web shop any more. When we did last year’s re-design, we thought that the layout looked better with one less department so we sacrificed it in the name of web design harmony. For that reason we tend not to pick up much vintage fashion these days, but sometimes we see pieces that are hard to resist… like this colourful trio that we bought during the week.
This gorgeous knee-length green coat dates from the sixties. The colour is fabulous and the zig-zag stitch detailing mirrors the angular collar shape. It’s by Andre Peters for Louis Feraud and has a label to the inside.
The red leather jacket is by Jaeger. The leather is lovely and soft – and the condition is excellent. We’re not sure when it dates from – 70s/80s maybe… but it has such a classic, timeless shape whichever decade it hails from.
Last but certainly not least is the very sweet little yellow dress. As with the green coat it’s by André Peters. It’s the perfect thing for spring as the daffodils start to appear. Actually, Adelle was so taken by it that it mysteriously vanished after the photographs were taken!
She hasn’t got a yellow dress so perhaps we can turn a blind eye to the theft. But as she already owns about fifty coats, we’ll have to be stricter with the other two items.
They’ll shortly be listed on eBay – click here for further details and bidding if you’re tempted.
We bought a pile of vintage Ideal Home magazines recently. We were delighted with them in their own right, but in amongst them was a lovely copy of Vogue which was a real bonus.
It dates from February 1962 – and priced at 2’6!
These vintage Vogues are very collectable and it’s easy to see why.
The fashion is obviously the real draw – gorgeous clothes, shoes, jewellery, hair & make up from the era.
Looks which still look very current over 40 years later!
There are other great features – the fabulous new mini in its early years of production…
…and introducing pasta – now arriving on UK shores!
There are some genius illustrations too – the header for Vogue Travel is good enough to frame.
These vintage magazines really are a great read – snap them up if you see them… and take a second look in that dusty pile of National Geographics in the corner of the charity shop – there might be a vintage Vogue lurking halfway down!
We picked up an interesting little ‘job lot’ last week – vintage spectacles, which is a new one for us.
They’re unused frames – still with original opticians labels from AJH Blackham, Drake Street, Rochdale – ready to fit your lenses of choice.
They date from the very late 40s/early 50s and have distinctive styling from the period. They must have been the latest thing when they were put on display.
We’ll put them in our webshop soon – or perhaps our eBay shop might be the best place to sell them. Get in touch if you’re a big vintage fashion fan and are interested in these. It’s not everyday that unused, vintage accessories turn up so we’d like to give our regular readers first dibs.
(ends 04 Aug, 2013 20:06:22 BST)
I could have done with these vintage Scrivens clip on sunglasses a few times in the past few weeks. My reading glasses don’t have photo chromatic lenses so I had the choice between sitting in the garden to enjoy the sunshine OR sitting indoors to work on my laptop. There would have enabled me to do both.
They’re very reminiscent of the 50s & 60s – I can just imagine them being worn by Don Draper or Harry Palmer. They’re being sold on eBay for Charity in support of St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield* and have a starting price of just £4.99.
St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield cares for people aged 18 and above throughout Sheffield who have incurable illnesses. They aim to control their symptoms, alleviate pain and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge.