René Gruau (1909-1984) - fashion illustrator whose exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting has had a lasting effect on the fashion industry. His design career successfully spanned six decades. His style ranged from open-faced friendly women, who look as if they enjoy wearing fashionable clothes, to elegant seductive creatures who wear their garments with an air of mystery. He was truly, an icon of the fashion world. Rene Gruau died on 31st March 2004, in Paris, at the age of 95.