Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pulp Fashion in San Francisco

I love fashion.  I myself am not fashionable, but I am fascinated by the art, creativity and skill that go into creating a work of fashion.  
That's what really amazes me about Isabelle de Borchgrave.  
She creates fashion, and she creates it with paper.


Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
February 5, 2011 - June 5, 2011
Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter by training, but textile and costume are her muses. Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. 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.

You can watch a wonderful documentary here: http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/pulp-fashion-documentary

On the home front: I'm halfway through the wedding invitations. I'm happy with my progress.

May the day's blessings bring you hope and joy.