10 Favorite Things

Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion’s 10 Favorite Things

by Grace Bonney

Today I’m excited to get a chance to celebrate two of my favorite people on Instagram. One is an incredible photographer and the other – and the first up today – is a wildly talented artist named Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion. If you are a fan of fashion, you’re probably already familiar with Katie’s work. She creates breathtaking watercolor versions of cutting-edge fashion, adding embellishments like sequins and glitter for tremendous effect. Katie made me fall back in love with fashion and the art behind it all. Her paintings remind me of all the glamor and skill that go into creating a single garment and getting to see more of her world today makes me so happy. Today Katie is sharing 10 of her Favorite Things, from books and lipstick to patterns (constellations!) and accessories, her favorites are just as inspiring as the work she creates. Thanks so much to Katie for taking the time to share these with us! xo, grace

Music by Goto80 and the Uwe Schenk Band

Click through for all 10 of Katie’s Favorites after the jump!

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1. Fav book: This book, whose cover was illustrated by my great grandfather.

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2. Fav beauty product: Lipstick, always! Especially Chanel Rouge Velvet in Fascinante.

3. Fav pattern: Constellations.

4. Fav nook: My tiny Manhattan bedroom.

5. Fav fashion accessory: Hermés scarf filled with ballet dancers

6. Fav piece of art: “Dance Class” by Degas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7. Fav tool: Kolinsky watercolor brushes

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8. Fav vintage object: Vintage Hermés ostrich skin dress form.

9. Fav heirloom: My grandfather’s kaleidoscope.

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10. Favorite piece of furniture: My cello ;).


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  • Wow. So much talent. Beautiful images of all types (LOVE the cello). Where did you get the constellation lampshade in #3? Thank you.

  • Katie is one of the kindest, sweetest people – and so talented to boot. Love seeing this glimpse of her favorites!

  • What is creating that constellation pattern? Love the idea of having something like that!

  • For questions about the constellation lampshade – with my google-fu I think it might actually be a Gakken Home Planetarium.