Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave creates breathtaking paper recreations of historical costumes. The life-size sculptures celebrate the artist’s love of vibrant color, textiles, and the artistic effect trompe l’oeil (French for “fools the eye”).
Originally a painter, Isabelle de Borchgrave’s fashion time-traveling dates to 1994 when she visited the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, an exhibition of 18th-century garments was on display. “It gave me a shock–particularly a yellow dress, which would become my first paper creation,” the artist said. Since that time, de Borchgrave has created astonishing fashion with a surprising medium–trompe l’oeil paper artworks.
From replicas of Renaissance Italian gowns to recreations of the fantastical modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, de Borchgrave’s work is meticulously crafted and astonishingly beautiful. This exhibition explores 300 years of fashion history, featuring dresses from Queen Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel. De Borchgrave’s paper costumes have been featured in major exhibitions around the world from Venice to San Francisco—and now to Wichita.
WAM gives special thanks to Teresa Molina, assistant professor of Spanish at Friends University, for advising and for translating Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper exhibition signage and labels for each work of art for Spanish-speaking visitors.
WAM agradece especialmente a Teresa Molina, profesora de español en la Universidad de Friends, por el asesoramiento y la traducción de la señalización de la exposición Isabelle de Borchgrave: Crear arte con papel y de las etiquetas de cada obra de arte para los visitantes de habla hispana.