duminică, 13 noiembrie 2011

Paper dresses by Isabelle de Borchgrave

For Christmas this year, I received a remarkable book chronicling the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave called Paper Illusions.
Borchgrave is an artist living and working in Brussels where she creates intricately designed garments using paper. In 1994, she met Canadian costume designer, Rita Browne, and together they concepted a collection of garments called "Papiers a la Mode." Paper Illusions highlights many of those garments, spanning 300 years in fashion history.

Paper House of Worth Dress

Paper House of Worth dress

The results of Borchgrave's talents are truly astonishing. She can create with paper what many designers never fully achieve with fabric. She pleats, hand paints, and manipulates the paper into recreations of designs from fashion greats like the House of Worth, Fortuny, Dior, and Poiret.

"Isabelle is one of a kind; with a single sheet of paper, she creates the most beautiful dresses, the finest costumes, or, simply, a chain of white roses...Whether it becomes a shoe, a hat or a few strings of pearls, [Isabelle plays] with paper as a virtuoso plays an instrument." - designer Hubert de Givenchy

Here are a few highlights of her work. Check out her website for more information regarding museum exhibits featuring her works, as well as custom-made garments for clients.

Paper Fortuny

Paper Fortuny detail

Paper Shoes

Paper shoes

Book Excerpt

Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg; dress inspired by a portrait by Meytens (c.1730), in the collections of the Stipinigi Palace, Turin

18th century Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy, in hunting costume
Fortuny Delphos

Foruny "Delphos" dress (c. 1920) with veil and gold leaf necklace

Paper dresses

Left:Waistcoat with Coptic-style stenciling (c. 1915) inspired by a dress in the collections of Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Right: "Delphos" dress (c. 1930)

Anna de Medici

Costume of Anna de' Medici (1616-1676), inspired by a portrait by Justus Sustermans in the Uffizi Gallery. Florence

necklace detail

Detail of the dress of Isabella de' Medici (1542-1576), inspired by a portrait by Bronzino in Pitti Palace, Florence

Elanora of Toledo

Left: Costume of Eleanora of Toledo (1522-1562), inspired by a portrait by Bronzino in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Right: Net chignon and pearls of Eleanora of Toledo

Lord Mounstuart and the Countess Roero

Left: Lord Mountstuart and the Countess Roero de Guarente, lady of the court. Right: Detail of the Lord Mountstuart

custom dress

Custom couture dress

paper wedding dress

Custom paper wedding dress with paper veil

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