1917 – 2002
Blossac was a master draftsman whose beautiful drawing became a mainstay of twentieth century fashion illustration. He was discovered by the Parisian couturier Robert Piguet in the early 1940s. Prior to this Blossac had studied under the revered French graphic artist Paul Colin, best known for his work as a leading theatrical set and costume designer and illustrative artist. One of Colin’s most recognised works being the publicity artwork for the musical review that launched the career of Josephine Baker. Blossac’s work epitomised a Parisian elegance. His fluid style fitted beautifully within the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Femina, L’Officiel de la Couture et de la Mode de Paris and Actualité Couture where he could be seen illustrating for the grand couturiers Jacques Fath, Christian Dior, Jean Dèsses, Balenciaga, Worth and Givenchy. In 1996 the Christian Dior Museum, Granville held an important retrospective of Blossac’s work entitled ‘Images de Mode 1940 – 1960 Hommage à Bernard Blossac’. Work is held in the permanent collections of Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode, Paris and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.