Underlying every stroke by Pierre Mourgue was a chic Parisian style that ensured that he was to become one of the most revered masters of fashion illustration. Mourgue drew with an innate sense of elegance, portraying his subjects with a demure subtlety that charmed an audience. As a young artist in the early 1900s Mourgue was appointed house illustrator for the influential French fashion magazine Gazette du Bon Ton. In 1920, when Condé Nast purchased the magazine, Mourgue was invited to move to New York to continue the success of the magazine. For the following thirty years Mourgue became one of the most sought-after illustrators both in France and the US drawing with an understated elegance and flair that guaranteed him continual work with Vogue, including numerous front covers. Alongside Mourgue’s work for Vogue, La Femme Chic, L’Officiel de la Couture et de la Mode de Paris and Femina, Mourgue created exceptional illustrations for the couture houses of Jacques Fath, Lanvin, Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain and Givenchy and department stores including Au Printemps, Paris.