Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). She began working in the new medium in 1994, creating trompe l’œil paper works in what eventually would become four major paper fashion collections:

  • Papiers à la Mode(Paper in Fashion) takes a fresh look at three hundred years of fashion history from Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel. 
  • The World of Mariano Fortunyimmerses museum-goers in the elegant world of twentieth-century Venice. 
  • Splendor of the Medicileads visitors through the streets of Florence, where they come across famous figures in their sumptuous ceremonial dress.
  • Les Ballets Russes pays tribute to Sergei Diaghilev, Pablo Picasso, Léon Bakst, and Henri Matisse, who all designed for this extraordinary ballet company.

All four collections are presented together, for the first time, in a survey of de Borchgrave’s innovative work. A series of kaftans highlighting Silk Road textiles are also included, as well as a newly commissioned costume inspired by a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, c. 1610. Both the original costume and the Rubens portrait are featured.

This intricately designed exhibit will be at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art through September 9, 2018.

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