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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Paper Dresses : Unpractical Dreamy Pretty by Isabelle de Borchgrave

Clothing that takes hours and hours to make and when finished is not even meant to be worn. Welcome to the fashion world of Isabelle de Borchgrave. Designer of exquisite replicas of historical dresses ..... all made of PAPER!!
Paper Illusions: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
Panier dress of the Countess Vittoria Elisabetta Alfazio
by Isabelle de Borchgrave
from Threads

I used to work in an art gallery and I would see countless art posters by Isabelle. Always the same mass-produced prints (the identical ones that you and 40 others of your neighbors had) and they were always very bland, inoffensive watercolors suitable for reception rooms and hospitals. They were very popular though and she was a very savvy businesswoman for catering to what the WalMart masses wanted. But her paper dresses are something different. Something very different indeed. Something rare and beautiful, filled with passion and originality. Just look at this replica of a Fortuny Delphos dress.Paper Illusions: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
Replica Fortuny dress made of paper, not fabric
by Isabelle de Borchgrave
from Telegraph

Paper can be such a fragile medium, but there are so many varieties of paper in the world and so many different ways you can treat, decorate and transform it. Even the humblest, most inexpensive of newsprints. See more of how she transforms paper into high fashion from throughout time in the very spendy, but utterly cool book, Paper Illusions: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.

(Thanks to Artful Muse for sharing news about this book with me!)


PonderandStitch said...

Wow- amazing!!!

Lori said...

paper you say? well, they are just spectacular!!! thanks for sharing this Heather!!!

Judi said...

Wow what a great job she does. They don't look at all like paper..very interesting indeed.
thank you for sharing..
have a lovely day

Gracie said...

Gorgeous! I love seeing paper art like this. And historical dresses are even better. That looks completely amazing and I agree it would be a hard medium to work with.

Mary Timme said...

Very cool what different work she is doing from that for the masses and that which she really wants to do.

Anonymous said...

Wow stunning!

Sugar Bear said...

Wow! That is amazing.

Gina said...

Unbelievable that the dress is made from paper, incredible. Thank you for sharing that with us. I hope your summer is going well.

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

I love paper dresses, and those are stunning!

Heather said...

This is such beautiful art!!

Jessica Marie said...

that is so neat that they are made out of paper

The Rose Room said...

Absolutely stunning! Rachaelxo

Jamie said...

Just amazing the fabulolus artists that are out there to be found! Thank you for sharing these incredible pieces. I read your Boo Boo post. I am so glad to hear your little one is ok Sweetie! It is so scary when they are having issues. Love You! Jamie

Little Lovables said...

these are simple amazing!