British artist turned LA fashion illustrator, Cate Parr, has the ability to paint pictures prettier than the ones we see in the pages of the top fashion magazines- literally. If Anna Wintour had a spread of photos in front of her and had the option to only choose one, one of Cate’s watercolors would always be Vogue’s cover. I guess it’s no surprise then that many of Cate’s illustrations and watercolors are interpretations of the covers of Vogue from every country in addition to other magazines and periodicals. Conceptually, the goal of a fashion magazine’s cover is to draw you in, tell a story of an idealized life, and ultimately, entice you to purchase the publication. Magazine editors achieve this goal by placing relevant celebrities, well-known models, and the designer clothes of our dreams on their covers; With Cate’s illustrations and prints, it doesn’t matter if you can discern which girl is drawn or painted, how well known she is, or what she’s wearing. In fact, it’s hard to tell in many cases which girl is depicted- not because of Cate’s level of talent- but because she lets the colors of her watercolors blend and enhance the beauty of her subject. The result is always something more than the original: more beautiful, captivating, mysterious, thought-provoking- something indescribable. Cate states that she is:
“guided by the desire to work differently in a traditional medium, with its fluidity and spontaneity, it’s the mistakes and the unexpected that makes watercolour so alluring.”
On a more personal note, Cate Parr’s prints will always be special to me because the print below, Flower Couture, is the first piece of art I ever bought myself. As an aspiring stylist, this purchase was a pivotal moment in establishing my independence and declaring my personal style. This 24″ x 35″ print still hangs in my home today and will certainly follow me to my next one.
I’ll let you make your own judgements on Cate’s following watercolors. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Check out Cate’s shop, silverridgestudio, on Etsy. Considering the quality of her art, Cate’s prices are extremely reasonable starting around $35 and then vary based the prints size- anywhere from 8.5″ x 11″ to 24″ x 35″. You can also follow her on Twitter and Pinterest!