Pulp Fashion at the Legion of Honor
From Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

While everyone eagerly awaits the March 26, 2011 opening of Balenciaga and Spain at the de Young, over at the Legion of Honor, museum goers are being treated to another fashion feast with Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.

OJ and Gary Shansby

Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave is an artist who crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world.

Allison Speer, John Capizzi, Glenn Weisel, and Barbara Brown

The Legion of Honor is the first American museum to dedicate an entire exhibition to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave, although her creations have been widely displayed in Europe. The opening preview party on February 3, 2011, brought out some of the Museum’s most passionate supporters of the arts and high fashion — and no, none of them were wearing paper dresses.

Vera Carpeneti, Dame Rita Bral, Consul General of Belgium, and Geert Criel, Consul General of Belgium

Visit the Legion from now until June 5, 2011 to enjoy the intricate beauty of the creations, which feature inspirations from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel!

Isabelle de Borchgrave and John Buchanan

John Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco called de Borchgrave’s work “pure poetry,” and remarked that “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen… Her work is about painting, it’s about sculpture, it’s about excellence.”

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Serge Sorokko and Tatiana Sorokko

Isabelle de Borchgrave’s work is represented exclusively by the Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco, now in a new location at 55 Geary Street. Serge said, “In my 30 years in the art world, there was nothing more difficult and exquisite than discovering an artist so glaringly original that when you see the work, it stops you dead in your tracks. This is how I felt when I first saw Isabelle de Borchgrave’s art at the Museo Fortuny in Venice. To have her exhibition at my gallery is a dream come true.”

Gladyne K. Mitchell and Dr. Noureddine Azouau
Patsy Pope
Patsy Pope
Barbara Brookins-Schneider
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Lonna Wais