Pattern Pulp

San Francisco: Borchgrave's Paper Dresses

Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter who also happens to love textiles and costume design. Painting intricate patterns onto rag paper, Borchgrave manipulates each design into a fantastic trompe l’oeil dress inspired by the lush depictions early iconic European fashion.

To see such fashion finery as depicted in the Renaissance, gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette, designed by grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel would be a treat unto themselves, but seeing them recreated in paper brings the wonder of these magnificent garments up to a whole new level.

This retrospective of Isabelle’s work is expansive and if you love fashion, costume history, paper art, patterns, or design in general, you’ll be sure to find something to enjoy about this show. Click here for more info.

Legion of Honor: Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121

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