Wednesday, April 13, 2011

1940s Bergdorf Goodman Surah Slack and Blouse Illustrated by Rene Bouet-Willaumez (RBW)

Bergdorf Goodman
Vogue USA
February 15, 1940
Etsy Listing #70377551

French fashion illustrator Rene Bouet-Willaumez was born in Brittany, France in 1900. In 1929 he started working for the French edition of Vogue. He worked with Vogue for three decades, until the end of his career. His work was soft and fluid, usually pen and ink drawings of fashions, and fashionable women; aesthetically pleasing yet realistic and informative.

His name is associated with one of the most beautiful periods in fashion illustration.  Bouet-Willaumez's work was influenced by that of Eric's.  He refined his own style through a daring use of colors, brisk clear designs and masterful shading.  His illustrations had a dramatic sense of style and commanded space in the pages of Vogue for many years. He died in France in 1979, at the age of seventy-nine years old.

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