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.
Did you know, active members of the military and their families receive free admission to the Museum (including Isabelle de Borchgrave) all summer long through our participation in Blue Star Museums? See our hours & admission page for more information.
Friday, June 15 | 10 am-9 pm
11 am-4 pm | Drop-In Art: Handmade Paper Fans
6:30 pm | Lecture by Dennita Sewell, Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum
Isabelle de Borchgrave exhibition galleries will be open to members only for the duration of this preview event. Not a member? Join today!
THIRD THURSDAY: STRIKE A POSE
Thursday, June 21 | 5-10 pm
Strike a Pose will celebrate all things fashion, PRIDE month, and the special exhibition Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper.
8 pm | Pride Tour led by Bryon Chambers and special guests
5:30 & 8 pm | Film screening of Angels Wear White
Admission is $5 after 5 pm. Pre-registration is recommended for the tour, $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Includes admission to Third Thursday. Regular film ticket prices apply. Purchase tickets at okcmoa.com.
Get an insider’s perspective as you tour this special exhibition with curator Jessica Provencher.
Pre-registration recommended. $15 for non-members, $10 for members. Includes admission to Third Thursday. Purchase tickets at okcmoa.com.
GROUP EXHIBITION TOURS
Reservations required. Group rate and tour guides are available with advance notice.
Call (405) 278-8213 for more information.
Monday, July 23 | 10:30 am and 2 pm
Designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers or loved ones.
Free, registration required. Call (405) 278-8221 for more information or to sign up.
July 7 | Patterned Paper People | Ages 15-36 months + adult
July 7 | Sculpting Paper People | Ages 3-5 + adult
September 8 | Gelli Print Dress-Up | Ages 3-5 + adult
DROP-IN ART (All ages)
June 15 | Handmade Paper Fans | 11 am-4 pm
June 16 | Handmade Paper Fans | 11 am-4 pm
July 7 | Paper Flower Bouquets | 1-4 pm
July 28 | Patterned Paper Crowns | 1-4 pm
August 11 | Paper People | 1-4 pm
August 25 | Design a Paper Shoe | 1-4 pm
Free with admission
GROW WITH US (Ages 0-5)
July 6 | Babies at the Museum: Dress & Dance | Ages 0-2 with adult
July 7 | Babies at the Museum: Dress & Dance | Ages 0-2 with adult
July 13 | Museum Playdate: Dress & Dance | Ages 2-4 with adult
July 14 | Museum Playdate: Dress & Dance | Ages 2-4 with adult
July 20 | Tag-Along Tour | Ages 0-2 with adult
July 21 | Tag-Along Tour |Ages 0-2 with adult
RSVP in advance.
July 31 | Swirly, Twirly Paper Hats
Free with admission
An Evening with Isabelle
Nancy and George Records
Splendor of the Medici
The Ann Lacy Foundation
Les Ballets Russes
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Julia Carrington Hall
Leslie and Clifford Hudson
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
The Payne Family
The World of Mariano Fortuny
The Bankhead Family Charitable Fund
J. Edward Barth
Veronica Pastel Egelston
Linda D. Garrett
Billie Lee Nees and Allan R. Montgomery
Caroline and Guy Patton
Kim and Jon Shirley
Chuck and Renate Wiggin
Anne Wileman Workman
Tina and Elby Beal
Karen and Robert Browne Family Fund
Frank and Bette Jo Hill
Sarah and Dan Hogan
Vicki and David Hunt
Laurie McCann Hyde and Margot McCann
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bradford Kemp
Gay and Ed Kirby
Steve and Renee Knox
Elaine and Harrison Levy
Linda and Duke Ligon
Manhattan Construction Company
Penny and John A. McCaleb
Polly and Larry Nichols
Charles L. Oppenheim
Additional support provided by
Nina and Robert Butkin
Jane and Gerald Gamble
Nikola and William Puffinbarger
Exhibition generously sponsored by:
Special thanks to Joan Frates, Société de Isabelle de Borchgrave Chair
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