Loving | The Art Of Isabelle de Borchgrave

Mar 19, 2011

This week, we are discussing something I am completely fascinated by: paper fashion! I am totally fascinated by the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. Never have I wanted to go to San Francisco as badly as I do right now! Her incredible works will be on display until June 5, 2011, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. You have NEVER seen a paper artist like this Belgian before! What she does is she recreates life-size duplicates of historical items of clothing (like those in royal portraits, etc.) out of PAPER! Each item is painted as a flat piece and is then constructed into the garments. They are just absolutely amazing and when I first started researching this article, I didn’t even know they were entirely made of paper. I thought they were starched canvas or possibly linen. Not only are they gorgeously painted, but the fact that she constructs these dresses also is a testament to her immense talent.

Program cover for Pulp Fashion

Even the lace collars (below) and trims are made from paper products. I suppose that this would be a version of 3D trompe l’oeil, but I don’t know for sure. The exhibit contains more than 60 pieces, both the full color and a selection in pure white replicas made so that you’ll get a better appreciation (as if you weren’t amazed enough) for the quality of their construction. If you are anywhere NEAR SanFran, I urge you to go to this exhibit. Of course, if you would like to report back and show me TONS of photos, I’d like that too! I selected a couple of images from the FAMSF & The Legion of Honor exhibit preview to show you exactly what I’m talking about!

Cardboard "lace" collar
You can barely tell that it isn't real fabric!
I also found a video interview with the artist on YouTube that shows her studio and close-ups of a number of her works.

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