Isabelle de Borchgrave - Painter, designer, artist, visual artist, discover its amazing dresses and creations of paper !
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Royal Library of Belgium


from 22/09/2011 to 22/09/2011
> Brussels

van 9u tot 17u - maandag to zaterdag

Keizerslaan 4, 1000 Brussel

To celebrate the reopening of the Librarium of the Royal Library of Brussels, dedicated to the cultures of books and the written word, Isabelle was asked to make a paper sculpture more than 3 meters tall. She created an aerial swirl full of written words in all languages, commemorating the history of books from all over the world.

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The livingroom of Marie-Antoinette

November 2011

from 7/11/2011 to permanent
> The Palace of Versailles

Marie-Antoinette, Madame Campan and their lady’s maid, all three wearing paper costumes, will bring to life the magnificent livingroom of the queen of France who, without a doubt, left the most lasting impression. The figures will be in a setting reworked by Isabelle de Borchgrave, in paper and trompe l'oeil. This will be a permanent exhibition at the Palace of Versailles and will open in November.

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Vivat, Elizabeth !

Empress Elisabeth Petrovna

> Tsarskoye Selo Museum - Catherine Palace - Saint-Petersburg Russia

Open everyday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m
Closed Tuesday

7, Sadovaya Str. Pushkin Saint-Petersburg Russia

To celebrate the tercentenary of the Palace of Catherine the Great, Isabelle de Borchgrave was invited to make a sumptuous gown in paper, based on a gown that was once worn by the Empress Elisabeth Petrovna. To accomplish this project, Isabelle meticulously studied the museum’s paintings from the period. In doing so, she has brought back to life a bygone era in which splendour and luxury were part of the dress code.

Photo : A. Speltdoorn.

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Arts, War and Magnificence of a European dynasty

The house of the Savoie between the 16th and the 18th century

> Turin, Reggia di Venaria Reale

On the occasion of the reopening of the Venaria Reale in Turin, Isabelle de Borchgrave had the privilege of taking part in the exhibition “Arts, War and Magnificence of a European dynasty : The House of Savoy between the 16th and 18th centuries”. There, she presented 13 paper costumes illustrating figures from the Court of Savoy. Today, these costumes form part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Photo : Andreas von Einsiedel.

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Gold and parchment

Wibald de Stavelot, Abbé d’Empire

> Stavelot – Abbaye Stavelot

In the 12th century, Stavelot Abbey, one of the most important of the Germanic Empire, exerted unprecedented influence thanks to Father Wibald. Entitled “D’or et de Parchemin” (Gold and parchment), the exhibition shows Wibald and his times through extraordinary objects. For this, Isabelle de Borchgrave created costumes inspired by the period and these can be seen on exhibition at Stavelot Abbey.

Photo : Pauline de Borchgrave.

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Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix

> MIM 4725 East Mayo Boulevard - Phoenix, AZ 85050

The MIM of Phoenix asked Isabelle to design 3 paper gowns for their permanent collection: a representation of Papageno, Billy Holiday in stage costume and a gown from the Chinese Tang dynasty. Isabelle also made more than twenty dress-maker’s dummies which show and give life to the traditional costumes of the first musical instrument museum in the world, the Phoenix MIM.

Photo : René Stoeltie.