Real flower petals serve as items of clothing in these clever mixed media fashion illustrations by artist Grace Ciao

Grace Ciao, a 22-year-old student from Singapore, uses a clever and original way to draw her fashion design illustrations. Instead of ink, watercolours, pencils, or fabric, she uses real flower petals.  Ciao creates unique and totally wearable fashions by pressing real petals onto model illustrations without the use of ink, watercolor or pencil. The blooming creations celebrate every color and curve that you can find in nature — something a lot of women would love to see walking down the runway. Ciao clams that she started using flower petals by accident, when she just wanted to preserve the beauty of a dying rose that was given to her by a boy.

They help me create prints which I otherwise couldn’t have thought of. I think petals work really well for illustration also because their delicacy and exquisiteness mimic those of a soft fabric”, says Grace Ciao.

Although she currently studies at business school, in her spare time she works as a freelancer, creating fashion designs for everyday clothing as well as bridal wear and haute couture.

More of Ciao’s sketches can be seen on Instagram or on her website.