(Nantes, 16 October 1882 – Paris, 1932)
Painter, illustrator, French fashion designer.
He began exhibiting at the Salon Des Humoristes in 1910 under the name of Edouard William. He set up his first exhibition in 1911 in the gallery Boutet de Monvel.
He later had an important success as a designer for ballet and theatre clothes and as an illustrator for books and fashion magazines.
For twenty years he led a group of the Ecole des Beaux Arts which was named by the Vogue Magazine “The Knights of the Bracelet”. He dedicated himself to the design of jewelry, glass and wallpaper. He also wrote for the prestigious Gazette du Bon Ton.
During the second half of the 20’s he drew with Erte the scenery and the costumes for the Folies Bergere and in 1929 he wrote the introduction for the acclaimed Erte’s exhibition and reached popularity through his regular appearances in the magazine L’Illustration.
He unfortunately died in 1932 at the peak of his success.