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Vogue Australia: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett graces not one, but four different covers of Vogue marking the magazine's 50th anniversary in Australia.

Vogue explains:

"I could have got (Mario) Testino or (Patrick) Demarchelier to shoot her, but when we came up with the idea of David the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, and I knew Cate would love it," Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements said.

"Cate's agent said she'd never heard her say yes to a project so fast, and Cate nominated in that minute Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Martin Grant and Armani as the designers she would like to wear, so that's what we did," Clements said.

When you've got Cate Blanchett eager to pose for you, why limit yourself to just one cover?

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009

Balenciaga Fall 2009 Collection
Model: Raquel Zimmermann

Martin Grant Fall 2009 Collection
Model: Ajuma Nasanyana

We love how they turned her into a fashion sketch. We also love the clothes, except for the Balenciaga. Although Cate managed to make even that look good.


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Totally agree, esp. about the Balenciaga -- horrid in the runway pic but looks great in her cover shot.

What I love most of all is that despite the alterations to the photos, Cate still looks like Cate - they're all recognizably her (except maybe the last one--hard to tell).

love her always & agree it is just stunning.

Not sure what the point of actually having her pose was. She has been rotoscoped to the point that she is now an illustration.

Two in a row, I was hoping that you would cover Cate the Great's Vogue Australia covers.

Sooo true about the Balenciaga, it looks good on the cover, the runway, not so much. I really like the McQueen dress. Haven't we seen that Grant before? on Cate herself perhaps? Regardless he's a designer I would like to see more frpm.


It's nice, actually its splendid, but...

there aren't any models in Australia?

These are great, and a nice tip of the hat to vintage Vogue covers.

Love La Blanchett!

Adore the covers, adore the clothes except for the Balenciaga. Actually I just hate the skirt of the looks like a turn of the century hobble skirt.
I'm not a Blanchett fan, but I have to admit she looks fabulous as artwork!

So the first one is Armani? All I see is a collar.

I agree that it's hard to tell who it is, but the artwork is beautiful.

At first I thought it was a rather odd choice, but I think I can understand the thought process. Although Australian Vogue hasn't been in publication as long as American Vogue, weren't the earliest American Vogue (and other mag covers) illustrations? I look at this cover as giving a nod to the history of fashion magazines.

Wow, just wow. I love her, she is amazing! And a fellow Aussie!

I love how it's a fashion sketch but you can still recognise her. Brilliant =D

These ARE true illustrations. They are not rotoscoped from photographs. (re anon 10:52) I went on a search and discover mission to several websites. Wikipedia and various photoshop sites informed me about rotoscoping. I wasn't familiar with the term, but instantly recognized that we all have seen this technique many times. Vogue Australia's editor, Kirstie Clements, wrote in her September letter about the sitting. David Downton, the artist, has a wonderful website. He writes in an interview of his process, especially relating to fashion illustration. It's not up-to-date with the Blanchett sitting yet, but you can look at his style applied to many celebrities and models, such as Linda Evangelista, Catherine Deneuve, Joan Collins. Also he has done advertising campaigns for entities such as Chanel, Harrods, Oxfam, Wyndham Hotels. Beautiful work.

Once again Tom and Lorenzo, thank you for broadening my horizons and adding to the depth of my fashion education.

another laura

Agree with others that the part of the Balenciaga that appears in the illustration is nice.

Love the McQueen.

Stylish and beautiful.

I love the first and last covers! She looks gorgeous and classy as always. However, I hate the hand drawn title on the last cover. I know it's in keeping with the illustration style, but it would have looked so much more professional if they just typed out the letters.

Mll, thanks for that info. I, too, thought they were photos. And I wondered who "David" was. Very interesting!

It is wonderful to see a Vogue using fashion illustration for a change.
I love the McQueen dress.

Ah, much love for Cate!

Thank you mll for filling in where TLO dropped the ball. I was wondering who "David" was that she should agree to pose with such alacrity. Love the photos, and the clothes (agree about the lower half of the Balenciaga...really don't care for it at all on the runway, but she and "David" make the top half look pretty effin classy).


Gorgeous! She is so beautiful and these sketches are fantastic!!!

Nice treatment. Looks like a cross between Cate and Robin Wright Penn.

I usually prefer models on covers of magazines, but I can make an exception when it's some so fabulous, gorgeous and talented like Cate Blanchett. I love all the looks including the Balenciaga.

David who? It says "working with David," but there is never a last name.

Oh, I see the answer in mll's response. Thanks.

Yay! An Aussie actress on the cover of Australian Vogue!


thombeau said:

"These are great, and a nice tip of the hat to vintage Vogue covers."

Yes. A great idea on someone's part, especially for an anniversary issue.



These covers are magnificent. I love the Balenciaga outfit.

What a great combination of art and fashion! Thanks for posting these.

thombeau said...

These are great, and a nice tip of the hat to vintage Vogue covers.

Love La Blanchett!

True, it's very vintage Vogue, back when they used illustrations as covers. Fabulous!

"All shall love me..."

First and third are my favorite. Go, Blanchett! You're amazing.

Gorgeous! And that Balenciaga wouldn't work anywhere else.

Gorgeous! These photos/illustrations are amazing.

Oh yes! I love it when they use illustration (or even pseudo-illustration) in popular magazines. Being an illustrator it feels good to know that there is at least "some" recognition going on there.

Gorgeous! This is really beautiful.

Wow, those are fantastic. She's so fabulous and they really did a great job on those covers.
I also don't love the Balenciaga, but then again, I never love Balenciaga.

I love love love love love love love the effect they did with the photo-sketch hybrid.

The Balenciaga is fantastic.
I pooh-pooh at those who hate it.


God I LOOOOOOVE it. I would put those on my wall.

Fabulous drawings!!!!

Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Cate Blanchett deserves the cover because she's one of those rare actresses who actually look better in the clothes than the models do.

She is simply smoldering!!!!

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