Wednesday, 20 April 2011

pulp fashion maven

detail of Eleanor of Toledo, 2006, photo by René Stoeltie
Kindly bear with me for my ongoing paper mood,
this time with the sumptuous dresses by renowned
Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave who recreates
dainty life-size historical costumes entirely from paper
by shaping and painting them.

Eleanor of Toledo sketch inspired by Bronzino's portrait of 1545
Eleanor of Toledo dress, 2006
Inspired by European classic paintings, iconic
costumes in museum collections and a whole
bunch of sources including Mariano Fortuny's work, 
de Borchgrave made her name for the ability 
through which she turns paper into couture.

the artist with studio collaborators working on Eleanor of Toledo's dress
By crumpling, pleating, feathering and most of all
by painting, she's able to make the paper achieve
a textile status. Pulp Fashion: the Art of Isabelle
de Borchgrave” exhibition is currently taking place
at San Francisco's 'Legion of Honor' Fine Arts
Museum featuring 60 of the artist's exquisite
creations inspired by Renaissance finery.

dress based on Massimo Stanzione's 'Woman in Neapolitan costume'
the artist hand painting the 'Neapolitan' red apron
Her own masterly account of fashion history
comprises astounding dresses, waistcoats
and accessories all made in trompe l'oeil
painted paper, so lifelike as real silk, laces
and embroidered velvets.

Maria de' Medici dress, 2006, photo by Andreas von Einsiedel
detail of Maria de' Medici's dress, photo by Andreas von Einsiedel
detail of Maria de' Medici's dress, photo by Andreas von Einsiedel
Madame Isabelle explains “...although my inspiration
springs from the period dresses in the great museum
collections, this is just a wink at history. My work is
a confluence of influences, paper, painting, sculpting,
textile design, costume, illusion and trompe l'oeil.”

Drooling in genuine admiration.

detail of Madame de Pompadour's dress, photo by René Stoeltie

1 comment:

  1. beautiful :)


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