It’s called “Moda di Carta” and it’s the great exhibition of beautiful costumes made out of paper hosted by FAI at the magnificent Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan. It will finish tomorrow and, since the 20th of October 2016, it has been a real success. Isabelle De Borchgrave, Belgian designer, painter and director is known all over the world for her extraordinary talent in creating paper dresses inspired by Fashion History and famous paintings.
The legendary costumes worn by queen Elizabeth I, the best Marie Antoinette garments, Mariano Fortuny plissé and Chanel dresses together with Lanvin, Dior and Poiret creations are perfectly duplicated in paper and match wonderfully the tints and palettes of the Milanese villa built during the 30s.
Costumes’ lines and proportions are accurately copied starting from white sheets of paper and colorless chocolate paper. For silk and organza fabrics the artist uses the “veil paper” directly supplied from Cina. The designer’s creations are real paper statues painted using nothing but acrylic colors with cardboard supports in the inside. Every material is glued to the other so the masterpieces can’t be separated and need to be carried using big wood trunks.
The extreme attention dedicated to details is truly captivating. Using thin or thick paper Isabelle De Borchgrave realizes trimmings, embroideries, ornaments and stones decorations that seem really authentic. Male boots, shoes, bags, belts and hats are fantastic paper accessories completing the marvelous and unique outfits.
Visit the website isabelledeborchgrave.com .