Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

Co-organized by the Frick in collaboration with four other American museums, this major exhibition presents the full breadth of de Borchgrave’s exploration of historical costume through contemporary paper sculpture. If you’ve never seen the artist’s work, you will be delighted by these breathtaking, life-size renditions of historic clothing created completely from artfully painted, pleated, crumpled, and manipulated paper.

From replicas of Renaissance Italian gowns to recreations of the fantastical modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, Isabelle de Borchgrave’s work is meticulously crafted and astonishingly beautiful. The artist’s interest in creating paper costumes was sparked by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994, where she found herself inspired by the historic costumes on display. Back in her studio, she began to experiment with creating renditions of the pieces in paper. Since then, de Borchgrave’s paper costumes have been featured in major exhibitions around the world.

This immersive exhibition celebrates the breadth of de Borchgrave’s work with costume and fashion history and is designed to introduce her work to a wider audience. De Borchgrave’s paper sculptures are masterpieces of trompe l’oeil—even upon close inspection it is often difficult to discern that the costumes are made of paper. At the Frick, de Borchgrave’s work will be exhibited throughout the museum, creating a dialogue with the museum’s collection. Joining the exhibition will be the Frick’s recently commissioned piece inspired by one of our best-known masterpieces—Peter Paul Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte- Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé.

The exhibition will include examples from all the artist’s major series, beginning with her exploration of 300 years of fashion history in the works created for Papiers à la Mode. The works from her Splendors of the Medici series are inspired by Italian Renaissance costumes portrayed in Old Master paintings. Her next series, The World of Mariano Fortuny explored the work of the iconoclastic Spanish fashion designer, famously based in Venice, and her most recent series, Les Ballet Russes features fantastical modernist costumes designed by artists like Picasso, Bakst, and Matisse. The Frick’s recent commission will be the only new piece included in the exhibition.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper has been organized by The Frick Pittsburgh, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Society of the Four Arts, and Artis - Naples, The Baker Museum.  A fully illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The Pittsburgh presentation of this exhibition is supported by EQT Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. National exhibition tour support is provided by FedEx.

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Image Detail: Inspired by Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, this gown created by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is part of a touring exhibition that will be presented at The Frick Art Museum in fall 2018.
Program Information

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

Dates: October 13, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Location: The Frick Art Museum
Admission:
Members- Free
Adult non-members $15
Senior/Student/Military  $13
Youth 6–16 $8
Youth 5 and under free.


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A Russian Lady, 2009 Based on costumes designed by Natalia Goncharova for Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Rooster), 1914
A Russian Lady, 2009 Based on costumes designed by Natalia Goncharova for Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Rooster), 1914
Banyan and Waistcoat, 1998 Inspired by a banyan and waistcoat ca. 1730 worn by Peter the Great of Russia
Banyan and Waistcoat, 1998 Inspired by a banyan and waistcoat ca. 1730 worn by Peter the Great of Russia
Bianca (Bia) d' Medici (ca. 1536-1542), 2006, Inspired by a ca. 1542 portrait by Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503-1572) in the collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Bianca (Bia) d' Medici (ca. 1536-1542), 2006, Inspired by a ca. 1542 portrait by Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503-1572) in the collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Brigand 1, 2009, Based on costumes designed by Leon Bakst for Daphnis and Chloe in 1912
Brigand 1, 2009, Based on costumes designed by Leon Bakst for Daphnis and Chloe in 1912
Day Dress, 1994 Based on a piece of textile from 1840, kept in the Muse de I'impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse. Dress made for the first exhibition of paper dresses to thank the museum.
Day Dress, 1994 Based on a piece of textile from 1840, kept in the Muse de I'impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse. Dress made for the first exhibition of paper dresses to thank the museum.
Day Dress, 1994 Based on an English Day dress 1855 in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
Day Dress, 1994 Based on an English Day dress 1855 in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
Delphos Dress and Coat, 2008
Delphos Dress and Coat, 2008
Delphos Dress and Knossos Shawl, 2008, Based on a photograph of a model take by Fortuny in 1909
Delphos Dress and Knossos Shawl, 2008, Based on a photograph of a model take by Fortuny in 1909
Delphos Dress and Tunic, 2008
Delphos Dress and Tunic, 2008
Flora, 2006 Based on a ca. 1481-82 painting, La Primavera (Spring) by Sandro Botticelli (ca. 1445-1510), in the collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Flora, 2006 Based on a ca. 1481-82 painting, La Primavera (Spring) by Sandro Botticelli (ca. 1445-1510), in the collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Gown La Vaporeuse, 2001, Inspired by Self Portrait with a Harp, 1791 by Rose Adelaide Ducreux in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gown La Vaporeuse, 2001, Inspired by Self Portrait with a Harp, 1791 by Rose Adelaide Ducreux in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Intendant de I'Immortel Kostchei (Attendant of Kostchei the Immortal), 2009, Based on costume designed by Aleksandr Golovin for Oieseau de feu (Firebird), 1910
Intendant de I'Immortel Kostchei (Attendant of Kostchei the Immortal), 2009, Based on costume designed by Aleksandr Golovin for Oieseau de feu (Firebird), 1910
Khovantchina, 2010 After a costume by Fedor Fedorovski for La Khovantchina(1913)
Khovantchina, 2010 After a costume by Fedor Fedorovski for La Khovantchina(1913)
Le Noir du Roi (The Black King), 2009 Costume designed by Leon Bakst for La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) in 1921
Le Noir du Roi (The Black King), 2009 Costume designed by Leon Bakst for La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) in 1921
Leopoldo de' Medici (1617-1675) in Polish Dress, 2006, Based on a 1622 portrait by Justus Susterman (Flemish, active in Italy, 1597-1631) in the collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Leopoldo de' Medici (1617-1675) in Polish Dress, 2006, Based on a 1622 portrait by Justus Susterman (Flemish, active in Italy, 1597-1631) in the collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
L'epouse du Bouffon (Wife of the Buffoon), 2009 Based on costume designed by Mikhail Larionov for Chout (The Buffoon) in 1921
L'epouse du Bouffon (Wife of the Buffoon), 2009 Based on costume designed by Mikhail Larionov for Chout (The Buffoon) in 1921
Lorenzo il Magnifico, 2007, Inspired by the painting Journey of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Medici Chapel in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence. He is represented as page Gaspard, down from his horse
Lorenzo il Magnifico, 2007, Inspired by the painting Journey of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Medici Chapel in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence. He is represented as page Gaspard, down from his horse
Madame de Pompadour Court Dress, 2001, Inspired by a ca. 1755 portrait by Maurice-Quentin de la Tour (French, 1704-1788) in the collection of the Muse du Louvre, Paris, and shoes in the collection of The Costume Institute
Madame de Pompadour Court Dress, 2001, Inspired by a ca. 1755 portrait by Maurice-Quentin de la Tour (French, 1704-1788) in the collection of the Muse du Louvre, Paris, and shoes in the collection of The Costume Institute
Mandarin, 2009, After a costume by Henri Matisse for Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale), 1920
Mandarin, 2009, After a costume by Henri Matisse for Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale), 1920
Maria de Medici (1543-1642), 2006 Inspired by a 1595 portrait by Pietro Facchetti (Italian, 1535/1539-1619) in the collection of the Palazzo Lancellotti, Rome
Maria de Medici (1543-1642), 2006 Inspired by a 1595 portrait by Pietro Facchetti (Italian, 1535/1539-1619) in the collection of the Palazzo Lancellotti, Rome
Paul Poiret Evening Ensemble, 1997, Inspired by a ca. 1912 ensemble designed by Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) in the collection of The Museum at FIT, New York
Paul Poiret Evening Ensemble, 1997, Inspired by a ca. 1912 ensemble designed by Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) in the collection of The Museum at FIT, New York
Pierrot Jacket and Petticoat, 1994 Based on a ca. 1790 ensemble in the collection of Kyoto Costume Institute
Pierrot Jacket and Petticoat, 1994 Based on a ca. 1790 ensemble in the collection of Kyoto Costume Institute
Prestidigitateur Chinois (Chinese Conjurer), 2009, Costume designed by Pablo Picasso for Parade in 1917
Prestidigitateur Chinois (Chinese Conjurer), 2009, Costume designed by Pablo Picasso for Parade in 1917
Robe a Francaise, 2010 Inspired by an engraving ca. 1776 in the collection of the Musee du Louvre, Paris
Robe a Francaise, 2010 Inspired by an engraving ca. 1776 in the collection of the Musee du Louvre, Paris
Robe a' la Polonaise, 1994, Based on a ca. 1780-85 gown of hand-painted Chinese export silk in the collection of The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1970.87 ab
Robe a' la Polonaise, 1994, Based on a ca. 1780-85 gown of hand-painted Chinese export silk in the collection of The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1970.87 ab
Silk velvet burnous, 2008
Silk velvet burnous, 2008

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