Prepare to be mesmerized and left completely astounded. From her re-creations of the incredible modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, to her replicas of Italian Renaissance gowns, Isabelle de Borchgrave will have you in an artistic trance not soon to fade.
The Flint Institute of Arts will host the Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper exhibition with its opening on June 15. The exhibition has the Belgian artist using the talent of painting and manipulating mere paper to create historical fashions that span 500 years and will leave FIA visitors in awe of her works. An eye for detail and creativity fuel inspiration of her pieces that depict fashion collections from around the world. Guests to the FIA exhibit will find it hard to believe these beautiful, life-sized pieces of historical fashion are created completely from carefully painted, crumpled, meticulously pleated and manipulated paper.
Her works have been seen throughout the world for more than 20 years. According to Sara Bauknecht’s 2018 Pittsburgh Post- Gazette article, the artist found her interest in creating paper costumes from a visit to the historic Metropolitan Museum of Art back in 1994. She was intrigued by the costumes and began experimenting with versions in paper. She felt an artistic need to free the women depicted in the paintings and bring them to life. Her work has allowed the costumes through the years to find places here in the present. Not only dresses, but also shoes and accessories, are part of the exhibition.
She is also a countess, having married Count Werner de Borchgrave in 1975. In her early years de Borchgrave worked in advertising, as well as clothing and interior design, her expertise flourished in creating beautiful fabrics with painted designs. de Borchgrave still embraces that talent by designing patterns for party items for Target stores. Still, the talent and heart poured into such intricate designs as these works of historic style grew from a calling to bring the beauty of the arts to others.
Attendees to the fascinating fashionable exhibition can plan to spend time viewing creativity at a new level. With inspiration from the Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth I, such work can only encompass a passion for art that is a true rarity. The Flint Institute of Arts continues to bring the most fascinating and sought-after exhibitions to the area with a goal of keeping the arts alive and growing within our community. Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper exhibition closes on September 8th.