Tuesday, June 7, 2011

isabelle de borchgrave...

what can you possibly do with paper? well...if you are the belgian artist isabelle de borchgrave...the outcome is...in a word...amazing...she re-creates exquisite...life-size historical costumes entirely from paper...

i was fortunate to view this magnificent exhibit at the legion of honor in san francisco this past weekend...i still cannot believe that what i was seeing was completely made out of paper...one dress...had droplets of paint...that looked so unbelievably like real lace...it was crazy...i wanted to touch and feel every piece...i refrained...of course...

here are some of my favorites...if i had to choose my absolute favorite section...it would have to be the fortuny...starting with this fortuny tent...which was inpired by photograph's of fortuny's venice workshop...

fortuny tent 2006-2007

this next one...had to be my absolute favorite piece in the whole exhibit...pictures do not do it justice...

delphos dress and tunic, 2006-2007
inspired by a man ray photograph of a design by fortuny

peplos dress, 2006-2007
based on a ca. 1924 dress designed by fortuny

delphos dress and coat, 2006-2007
inspired by a design by fortuny

this next one was inspird by the grandeur of the medici dynasty...

eleanora of toledo, 2006
inspired by a ca. 1545 portrait of eleanora and her son giovanni de' medici by agnolo bronzino

close-up of the head piece

papiers a la mode - a series that re-created iconic looks from key periods in fashion history...

worth evening gown, 1994
based on a 1898 dress designed by charles frederick worth

marie-antoinette gown, 2001
inspired by a ca. 1776 engraving in the collection of the musee du louvre, paris

elizabeth, court dress, 2001
inspired by a ca. 1599 portrait by the studio of nicholas hilliard at hardwick hall, derbyshire

the newest book for my library

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