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Amisha Desai

Paint+Pattern+Pinterest: Isabelle De Borchgrave

Isabelle De Borchgrave's Stunning Paper Craft via Paint + Pattern

Get the look with Royal Design Studio’s Serenity Wall Damask Stencil

Belgian artist and designer Isabelle de Borchgrave creates exquisite paper dresses evoking high fashions from the courts of the Medici to the legendary Fortuny silks of the early twentieth century. She cuts, folds, glues and paints her paper costumes with great imagination and exceptional mastery. She flawlessly creates the illusion of lace, brocade, pearls and other unbelievably intricate details that go in creating an overall outfit! The book ‘Paper Illusions’ by Barbara and Rene Stoeltie beautifully showcases the spell binding collections of this extremely talented artist.

Isabelle is one of a kind; with a single sheet of paper, she creates the most beautiful dresses, the finest costumes or, simply, a chain of white roses…” ~ Hubert de Givenchy

We found that Borchgrave uses stencils for many of her stunning creations, which left us wondering how cool would it be if we could inspire you to get a similar look using some of the stencils from Royal Designs Studio’s stencil collection. Curious? Look for ‘get the look’ link under each image and discover for yourself, which of Borchgrave’s Creations you could make yours!

Isabelle De Borchgrave's Stunning Paper Craft via Paint + Pattern

Get the look with Royal Design Studio’s Allover Brocade Stencil

Isabelle De Borchgrave's Stunning Paper Craft via Paint + Pattern

Get the look with Royal Design Studio’s Small Flourish Allover Stencil

The historical authenticity, combined with the startling realism of her creations, caused an overnight sensation when they were first shown in France in 1998 as “Papiers a la Mode.” Since then, the dynamic, light-hearted collection has traveled all over the world to critical and popular acclaim.

Isabelle De Borchgrave's Stunning Paper Craft via Paint + Pattern

 Get the look with a range of stencil designs from Royal Design Studio’s Japanese Stencil Collection

Isabelle De Borchgrave's Stunning Paper Craft via Paint + Pattern

Get the look with Royal Design Studio’s Classic Damask Stencil

Humble art materials are transformed into shimmering visions of beautiful clothing and luxurious living in Borchgrave’s magical workshop. Dresses and accessories made from this magical medium, paper, seem to breathe in atmospheric rooms, while details of color, pattern, and form jump off the page. Photographer Rene Stoeltie beautifully brings out the life in all the figures documented in this book.

Whether it becomes a shoe, a hat or a few strings of pearls, you play with paper as a virtuoso plays an instrument.” ~ Hubert de Givenchy

Isabelle De Borchgrave's Stunning Paper Craft via Paint + Pattern

Get the look with Royal Design Studio’s Contempo Trellis Wall Stencil

Isabelle left the world of fashion and fabrics to devote herself with passion to dresses and objects made of paper. Her magic touch creates garments that rival the works of Poiret, Worth, Chanel, Dior and Mariano Fortuny, and all from paper. Don’t you agree?

If this post has left you craving for more, hop onto our Inspired by France Pinterest board to explore some more of Isabelle Borchgrove’s breathtaking works! Meanwhile, we hope you have a great weekend ahead and Happy Pinning!

Content referenced from the book Paper Illusions

2 comments

  1. Although the website has beautiful designs, I find it difficult to find stencils. The pictures of some stencils, after enlarged, are difficult to see. I miss the ease of looking through the stencil library.

  2. Amisha Desai

    Hi Judy,

    Have you had a chance to take a look at our website? You can find the entire collection of Royal Design Studio stencils on there. Here is a direct link for your reference:

    http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/pages/stencils-stencil-supplies

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