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12 February 2011

Paper Dolls-The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

It is possible that my love of fashion can be traced back to early days of paper dolls...I know I would much prefer tape and glue to a sewing machine...knitting needles have always been my tool.  The extraordinary art of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave would inspire anyone to head for the recycle bin.
 A painter by training, Isabelle de Borchgrave has chosen textile and costume design as her inspiration. Her creations are formed from simple rag paper-through folding, pleating, cutwork, painting and embellishment this simple paper is transformed into breathtaking works that have the true drape and appearance of elegant elaborate embroidered woven fabrics with the painstaking detail and craftsmanship of not only haute couture but also the most ornate historical costume and dress.

 Much of her work is drawn from the inspiration of great museum portrait and costume collections featuring the gowns worn by such historical figures as Madame de Pompadou, Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth I, and The Medici Family, as well as the costumes of the Ballet Russe,the art of Mariano Fortuny, and the couture work of Worth, Dior and Chanel.

 The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will showcase  Isabelle de Borchgrave  in the prestigious Legion of Honor Museum. This is the first major exhibition of all her work for 15 years. The exhibit entitled Pulp Fashion will run from February 5-June 5 and will include selections 3 collections: Papiers à la Mode, Médicis and Mariano Fortuny. Sixty costumes as well as works specially designed from the museums own collections will be on view.
Paper Dress of Jacqueline Kennedy's Wedding Dress
 Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle De Borchgrave