Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). Following a visit to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in 1994, de Borchgrave began working in the new medium, creating trompe l’œil paper works in what eventually would become four major paper fashion collections. The first, 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 Fortuny immerses museumgoers in the elegant world of twentieth-century Venice. Splendor of the Medici leads visitors through the streets of Florence, where they come across famous figures in their sumptuous ceremonial dress. And in Les Ballets Russes, de Borchgrave pays tribute to Sergei Diaghilev, Pablo Picasso, Léon Bakst, and Henri Matisse, who all designed for this extraordinary ballet company.

For this exhibition, all four collections will be presented together, for the first time, in a survey of de Borchgrave’s innovative work. Along with these pieces, a series of kaftans highlighting Silk Road textiles will be 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 will be included in the exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Society of the Four Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, and Artis—Naples, the Baker Museum.

Opening Events

Sustainers’ Preview
Tuesday, June 12 | 5:30-8:30 pm
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Members’ Day
Friday, June 15 | 10 am -9 pm
Isabelle de Borchgrave exhibition galleries will be open to members only for the duration of this preview event.

Exhibition Sponsors:

An Evening with Isabelle
Nancy and George Records

Splendor of the Medici
The Ann Lacy Foundation

Les Ballets Russe
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Julia Carrington Hall
Leslie and Clifford Hudson
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
The Payne Family
Joan Payne

The World of Mariano Fortuny
Amy and Roy Bankhead
J. Edward Barth
Joan Frates
Linda D. Garrett
Ghost Design
Billie Lee Nees and Allan R. Montgomery
Kim and Jon Shirley

L’Atelier
Anonymous
Annie Bohanon
Karen and Robert Browne
Lucy Buchanan
Frank and Bette Jo Hill
Sarah and Dan Hogan
Vicki and David Hunt
Laurie Hyde and Margot McCann
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Kemp
Gay and Ed Kirby
Elaine and Harrison Levy
Linda and Duke R. Ligon
Penny and John A. McCaleb

Additional support provided by
Fabricut
Nina and Robert Butkin
Elizabeth Tolbert

 

 


Image Credit: Isabelle de Borchgrave, Mantua, 2011, based on a ca. 1750 court mantua in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Cosimo I de’ Medici, 2007, based on a portrait by Ludovico Cardi in the collection of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Maria-Maddalena d’Austria, 2007, based on a 1622 portrait of Maria-Maddalena with her son Ferdinand II by Justus Sustermans in the collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Marie de’ Medici, 2006, based on a 1595 portrait by Pietro Facchetti in the collection of the Palazzo Lancellotti, Rome. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Lorenzo il Magnifico, 2007, based on the painting Journey of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Medici Chapel in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Anna de’ Medici, 2006, based on a 1622 portrait by Justus Sustermans in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Bianca (Bia) de’ Medici, 2006, based on a ca. 1542 portrait by Agnolo Bronzino in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Pallas, 2007, based on the ca. 1482 painting Pallas and the Centaur by Sandro Botticelli in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel;Isabelle de Borchgrave, Flora, 2006, based on the ca. 1481-82 painting La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel