Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paper costumes

Flora, 2006 inspired by the ca. 1482 painting Spring by Botticelli
Isabella de'Medici, 2006 inspired by a ca. 1565 portrait attributed to Allori

Elizabeth I court dress, 2001 inspired by a ca. 1599 portrait by the studio of Nicholas Hiliard
Delphos dress and coat, 2006-2007 inspired by a design by Fortuny (1871-1949)

Detail of the collar of Marie de'Medici, 2006 inspired by a 1595 portrait by Facchetti

English sporting dress, 1998 based on a ca. 1870 ensemble at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Day dress, 2000 based on a ca. 1900 dress designed by Callot Soeurs

Evening dress, 2000 based on a ca. 1924 dress designed by Coco Chanel
"Bar" suit, 2000 inspired by spring-summer 1947 New Look suits by Christian Dior

Detail of Maria de'Medici, 2006 inspired by a ca. 1555 portrait by Allori

The work of Isabelle de Borchgrave was recently on exhibit locally. Borchgrave is a Belgian artist who makes life-size, detailed reproductions of period costumes out of paper. P-a-p-e-r. Mindblowing. Sadly, I missed out on seeing the collection in person but a friend did loan me a book on her work with lots of great photos.

Photographs courtesy Créations Isabelle de Borchgrave from the book Pulp Fashion, the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave (Copyright 2011, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco)


lauren said...

wow - too see these in person! what am amazing idea and painstakingly done, they look so incredibly "real"!

Vintage Maison said...

Amazing - so beautiful and very clever!

Irene :: { Heirloom Attire } :: said...

Oh goodness! Even before you said it was life-sized I was blown away! Wooow.

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