Petra Dufkova is a perfect example of a fashion illustrator whose professional range is broad and diverse, and yet whose most popular style and work are unrepresentative of this breadth of techniques and approaches. Her exquisite, romantic portraits, often with a floral, fairy-like element to them, are superbly accomplished. The almost Midsummer Night’s Dream quality to them appeals to a huge number of people, who often purloin these particular images for blogs and websites. However this is only a part of Dufkova’s work; her fashion illustrations away from this specific style are in the great tradition of Jean Pages or René Bouët-Willaumez, with their tight observation of fabric and form yet freedom of line – often resulting in ...

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