500 years of fashion on display at Society of the Four Arts


There’s masterpieces, and there’s masterpieces made from masterpieces. That’s the focus of the new exhibit at The Society of the Four Arts  titled, “Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper.”

Using mere paper, this Belgian artist has meticulously recreated, in full scale, elaborate costumes and fashion found in history’s most famous paintings and fashion collections.

The art exhibition, which opens Jan. 27 and runs through April 15, features more than 90 objects which are considered trompe l’oeil masterpieces. Admission is $5 and is free for children 14 and younger.

De Borchgrave is one of the most creative figures working in Europe today. A painter by training, she interprets historic fashions to breathtaking effect. This exhibit is a mid-career examination of her work which spans 500 years of fashion history. De Borchgrave’s collections have been shown internationally for two decades. This five-city tour is a rare opportunity to see her work in the U.S.

Exhibit highlights include:

• The Papiers à la Mode series, which re-imagines iconic garments from history, including dresses worn by Madame de Pompadour, Marie-Antoinette, Elizabeth I and Empress Eugenie.

• On view for the first time in the U.S., Les Ballets Russes will feature de Borchgrave’s interpretations of costumes designed by Léon Bakst, Giorgio de Chirico, Pablo Picasso and others.

• Dennita Sewell, curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, will discuss de Borchgrave’s artistic journey at a free illustrated lecture Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m.

The Society of the Four Arts is at 2 Four Arts Plaza in Palm Beach. For more information, go online to fourarts.org.

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