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When Barbarella Meets Cher Horowitz
Cara shares a visually spectacular Versailles-living, hair-and-makeup-loving take on the genre...
Fempire 06 Nov 2018
Illustrator & Designer, Houston

Cara Deming Butler is an illustrator currently based in the British countryside.Having graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, she created Saint Delphine shortly after as a way to file all her characters and their stories into one cohesive place. She likes for every piece she creates to have a narrative purpose and Saint Delphine has become their home.
Deming Butler’s grandfather worked for NASA for several decades, including in the 1960s, a bit of history reflected in the sartorial flavor of her characters. By combining feminine, design-oriented elements with retro sci-fi themes, she shares a visually spectacular Versailles-living, hair-and-makeup-loving take on the genre—something she tends to miss in everyday space chatter. It’s astronauts in glitter spacesuits and heads of state planning interplanetary dinner parties over jasmine tea in pink living rooms. It’s Barbarella meets Cher Horowitz.
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In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
How commercially accessible art has become. Collaborations between brands and artists is getting out of control in the best way.

Number of unanswered mails in your account today…
Two. I try my best to reply to emails as soon as I read them.
Perfect working outfit…
Jane Fonda c. 1964
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Your everyday online art read is…
My Architectural Digest email subscription.
Most ridiculous thing you ever bought…
A pair of black and white gingham flats that had this pink label on the bed—I loved the color story. They were the only pair left and a half size too small, but I bought them anyway just to have them in my closet. Completely useless.
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This song brings you in a good mood straight away…
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op. 35: III. The Kalendar Prince.
Favourite art x brand collaboration…
The Lobster Dress—Salvador DalТ x Elsa Schiaparelli
You first post on Instagram…
A quick black and white illustration of a woman in a chapeau and sunglasses walking her dog in Saint Delphine’s Alexandria Park.
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Favourite hashtag…
#SocialiteSciFi
Your art world muses…
Neoclassical architecture & William Larkin
Describe yourself with three emojis…
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Art world gent I would love to have lunch with…
Manolo Blahnik
Artist(s) we should have on our watch list is/are…
Dasha Shishkin & Ulla-Stina Wikander
Instagram:@scheherazade_keith

Photos via Cara Deming Butler

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