The Deep and Abiding Wonder of Rene Gruau, Bernard Blossac and Miriam Haskell
25 August, 2023
As a young girl growing up, the last in a family of boys, my wardrobe comprised of hand-me downs from my elder brothers. My brothers were my hero’s, and I happily wore their old clothes, believing that running around in their old bell-bottoms made me one of them. Then one day, as an 80’s teenager, I saw an illustration that changed forever how I engaged with clothing. The illustration was René Gruau’s, ‘Capeline Noire’ (1986). I was captivated. If my brothers’ hand-me-down bellbottoms held the power to transform me into a perfect tomboy accomplice in my childhood, then this image graced me with the deep knowledge that style, and clothing held a deep magic that graced me with the capacity to being able to ‘choose the skin’ I wanted to live in. And empowered me to change that ‘skin’ whenever I wanted to.
The decision, then, to use the illustrations of Rene Gruau, Bernard Blossac and Miriam Haskell on our website has been made for two reasons:
– to honour the immense, life-changing impact they have had in my, and, I would imagine, many other people’s lives, and,
– for those who have not been introduced to their work, the gift of what they bring to us all.
Pablo Picasso said it best – “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our soul”.