Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Even more! Can't stop the paper dresses

I'm doing my best to show what's on display at the Hillwood House Museum in the Prêt-à-Papier exhibit, but really, you need to head over there before December 31 & see it yourself!  

Isabelle de Borchgrave, a Belgian artist, creates paper clothing based on historic & modern fashion.  She often doesn't have the real item in front of her, instead she creates based on paintings & photographs.  

Below are a bunch of photos that the Roommate & I took last weekend.  As a reminder, you can always click on the photo to see the original (usually much larger) size.  

Did I mention I was fascinated by the lace?!

One of Empress Josephine's many dresses--classic Empire
waist & extra-long train to indicate her status.
Detail - Josephine's dress
Train from Empress Josephine's dress.

This purse was part of the above ensemble.
In my opinion, 1920s style doesn't look any better in paper!
Mrs. Post was married 4 times--in fact there was
an exhibition of her wedding dresses last fall!
This is one of her wedding dresses, recreated by de Borchgrave.


  1. Those dresses are gorgeous! What a great exhibit.

  2. Absolutely fascinating exhibtion...would never have realised what they were made from, in some ways it makes the dresses even more fabulous...


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