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Artist Uses Real Flower Petals to Create Blossoming Fashion Illustrations

Floral Dresses Fashion Illustrations by Grace Ciao

Singapore-based artist Grace Ciao creates fashion illustrations that combine hand-drawn lines and watercolor brushstrokes with real, three-dimensional flowers. Each delicate petal mimics soft fabric, resulting is pretty dress designs informed by the plant’s natural structure. Ciao explains, “I never know what outfits my flowers are going to blossom into until the last petal fits into place!”

Ciao started using flowers by accident, when she noticed a wilting rose on her desk. Rather than throw it away, she gave it a new lease of life by combining its petals into a fashion illustration. The artist reveals, “It’s always unnerving to step out of my comfort zone but I feel this is when I grow the most as a person.”

Each of Ciao’s floral dresses feature unique textures, forms, and colors depending on the type of flower used. In one piece, a woman is illustrated wearing a pair of pink culottes formed from the trumpet-shaped petals of a Zantedeschia. In another, a ballerina poses in a “flouncy peony dress,” and in a third piece, a woman twirls to show off her flourishing orchid skirt.

With clients including Chanel, Christian Dior, and Fendi, Ciao’s career is in full bloom. You can see more from her growing portfolio on Instagram.

Singapore-based artist Grace Ciao creates fashion illustrations that combine hand-drawn lines and watercolor brushstrokes with real, three-dimensional flowers.

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Each delicate petal mimics soft fabric, resulting in pretty floral dresses informed by the plant’s natural structure.

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With clients including Chanel, Christian Dior, and Fendi, Ciao’s career is in full bloom.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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