Pulp Fashion

Great exhibit going on at the Legion of Honor until June 12 (this weekend), titled Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter that is enamored by textile and costume, and in collaboration with costume historians and fashion designers she crafts gorgeous works of art out of paper. Yes, all the works you'll see in the pictures bellow are made out of paper pulp.

The Legion of Honor curators explain, "painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world. The Legion of Honor is the first American museum to dedicate an entire exhibition to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave, although her creations have been widely displayed in Europe. Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume—from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel. Special attention is given to the creations and studio of Mariano Fortuny, the eccentric early-20th-century artist who is both a major source of inspiration to de Borchgrave and a kindred spirit."

Isabelle de Borchgrave and studio collaborators at work:

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