Monday, April 18, 2011

Vogue 1939 Magazine Advertisement Fashion Illustration by RENE BOUET-WILLAUMEZ Crepe and Sheer Jersey Evening Dresses Bonwit Teller I Magnin

Crepe and Sheer Jersey Evening Dreses
Illustration by Rene Bouet-Willaumez (RBW)
May 15, 1939
Etsy Listing #70379182

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 andink 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.


  1. Lovely. I never get tired of seeing fashion illustrations from this time period :)

  2. Your blog is awesome for learning fashion history!

  3. Such gorgeous illustration! He captures well the drape of fabric without it looking labored over. Nice.


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