Gasp + Giveaway!

I'm still floating on air from my recent visit to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Legion of Honor exhibit Pulp Fashion, showcasing the works of master paper artist, Isabelle de Borchgrave.

I just had to share some of the exhibit with you and then we'll get to the giveaway details at the end of the post!

Inspired by many sources, including museum costume collections, paintings and her own extensive travels, Belgium based de Borchgrave and her assistants recreate iconic and historic gowns out of paper. Yes, paper.

I would have been stunned enough had these detailed pieces been made out of fabric, but paper? I was speechless...

Tears literally came to my eyes when I saw the gowns in the "white room." Absolutely spectacular!

The exhibit includes an array of reproductions of Fortuny, Poiret, and Chanel as well as Dior, Marie Antoinnette, and the Medici’s. This photo above is an installation of Palazzo Fortuny. All paper. Breathtaking in person.

"Imagine: filmy lens paper painted to look like lace, so expertly rendered that you have to take a second and third look to be sure it was not made from the finest cotton threads … paper convincingly painted to mimic linen, silk, embroidery, damask … buttons, jewelry, feathers, edgings, ribbons, even “straw” hats … all made from exquisitely manipulated paper." -Laura Tarrish

Okay, now we get to the GIVEAWAY!! I was so overwhelmed by this exhibit that I wanted to share it with you all. I thought, if you can't make it to San Francisco, I'm going to share it with you some way. So...

First place winner receives this book, "Pulp Fashion" by Jill D'Alessandro, the curator of textile arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This book highlights three of de Borchgrave's most beloved series: Papiers a la Mode and the Fortuny and Medici collections.

Second Place winner receives this Pulp Fashion exhibition poster of Marie de Medici. Measures 18" by 24."

  • To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below on this blog.
  • Deadline to enter the giveaway is Wednesday, April 20th. Two winners will be randomly selected and contacted by e-mail after the 20th.
  • Please include a link to your blog or email address in your comment for notification. Open to all readers!

Bonne Chance!

images: Legion of Honor, Felt & Wire


Theresa said…
I'm speechless...simply speechless...these are so elegant and intricate and....amazing.
These are incredible Lynn! I would love to see this exhibit. Happy weekend. O
Beautifully detailed, a gasp from here too. Thank you for sharing, looking into attending this exhibit and hoping tickets are still available.
Dale Fluty said…
The skill level needed to create such works of art from paper is simply unfathomable. I'm trying to breathe now. Thanks so much for sharing that.
Deborah said…
Those photos are spectacular! Thank you for sharing this with us.
whorne2006 said…
These are just AMAZING! They have so much detail & it's truly amazing that someone did this with paper!! They are truly an artist with a great eye! Just stunning & breath taking! Thanks for sharing with us!
MsJack said…
How beautiful. Thank you for sharing this exhibition.
Courtney Laine said…
Wow, these pieces are incredible!! I would love to be able to see this exhibit in person!
We're going next month to see the exhibit and can't wait. Lovely post
Wow!! Those are incredible and I'm sure the book is pretty great too!
chedeb5353 said…
Beautiful! I would love to see it.
Carrie Miller said…
Such beautiful photos, I love them all. I would never imagine that such things could be made out of paper!
that takes my breath away! I think I just got the inspiration for my final big tada! project in my design class. Thank you so much!
Zoe said…
These photos are beautiful, and the exhibit looks great! Can't wait to check it out.
stonyloretta said…
Simply Stunning! I wish I could see this in person. I read about this exhibit. Thankyou so much for posting these!
Paris Atelier said…
Gasp is right! Oh my!!! I can't even believe this is paper. I have never seen anything so exquisite. That is truly remarkable art! Wow!! YOu are a lucky girl to get to see it in person. That is beyond anything in my wildest dreams. The fine detail in the dresses is beyond!
Paris Atelier
tashaless said…
wooow! I am soo happy just by looking at the pics! I looove the giveaway and I would looove to receive this book as gift! Thanx for sharing, really nice of you. xoxo Natasha
Yonks said…
Fantastic article. The exhibition looks marvellous. Reminded me of the V&A in London where they have similar exhibitions.
I'm fairly new to blogging, pleasse stop by for a visit sometime:
Meredith said…
It's amazing what people can do! The inspiration from just looking at this post is fantastic :-)
We're going next month, can't wait to see these "live"! Also, she apparently did SHOES to go with these amazing dresses. Thanks for sharing!!
I WANT to do this!I understand EXACTLY why you had tears pop into your eyes....!
how gorgeous- I can see why the tears -read the post with my jaw dropped- gorgeous ! looks like a wonderful book -
thanks for the chance to win it!!!

As a member of the Orsini family, our history dates back to the union by marriage of Clarice Orsini, to Lorenzo deMedici in 1497. This exhibit is so near to my heart!!!!! Absolutely breathtaking!! Genius work!!!
Thnk you for sharing it!!!
Sheira said…
Stunning! A heavenly combination of three of my favorite things - fashion, history, and paper art.
Sprout said…
Oooh - I am breathless! I love paper, and textiles - but woo hoo - both in one!
Cat said…
As a Civil War Historian, I appreciate the history behind the exhibit. The workmanship of every intricate detail has a story. We need to preserve our heritage.
Christi said…
Thank you for sharing! I would love to see this in person.
Shelly said…
The San Francisco museum is such a wonderful gift to all the citizens! Thank you for sharing this wonderful exhibit!
Chris Gerke said…
I lost the whole post I wrote so I'm just saying. Hope I win.
Luxury Girl said…
Amazing eye. Amazing exhibit. Thank you for sharing.
Laura said…
Exquisite! I saw the exhibition in Venice, at the Palazzo Fortuny and when I entered the 3rd floor exhibition, with the pagoda, I burst into tears, it was so divine!
Thanks for posting. I'm on my way to SF this week end!
Jutes51194 said…
How beautiful, it would be nice to have an exhibit like this come to NH!

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