“This season Dior Haute Couture is inspired by the work of ironic illustrator René Gruau.

Gruau’s elegant line captured the essence of Dior. Volume and movement are inspired by the spontaneity of the illustrative line and create a silhouette of effortless elegance. A degradé of tulles wash from light to dark, as painterly techniques in sheer silk organza to bold slik faille evoke the intensity and shade of an illustrator’s gouache palette.

Graphite sketches and ink outlines evoke a new spirit through layered tulle shadows, with ostrich feathered ‘brush strokes’ and iridescent embroideries to create a virtuoso chiraroscuro effect of chalk shading and contemporary couture.

The unique vision, and creative friendship, shared by Rene Gruau and Mr. Dior unveils a silhouette that is effortless, modern and ever inspiring.”

- John Galliano, January 2011