Paper Illusions

The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave


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Barbara Stoeltie, Rene Stoeltie


Belgian artist, designer, and interior decorator Isabelle de Borchgrave has created exquisite paper dresses evoking high fashions from the courts of the Medici in the Renaissance to the legendary Fortuny silks of the early 20th century. Their historical authenticity, combined with their startling realism, caused an overnight sensation when they were first shown in France in 1998 as “papiers à la mode.” Since then, the dynamic, light-hearted collection has traveled all over the world to critical and popular acclaim.

Paper Illusions does full justice to De Borchgrave’s magical workshop, where paper is cut, folded, and painted on the way to being transformed into shimmering visions of beautiful clothing and luxurious living. In Rene Stoeltie’s vivid photographs, figures from the history of style seem to breathe in atmospheric rooms, while details of color, pattern, and form jump off the page. It is a publishing event of unprecedented creativity, wit, and elegance.

Additional information

Weight 1885 g
Dimensions 25.5 x 33 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 21 November 2008
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Hubert de Givenchy
Dimensions 25.5 x 33 cm
Weight 1885 g


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Isabelle de Borchgrave is an artist, designer, and interior decorator. In March 2007, Target announced the introduction of her line of paper party décor, called Isabelle Party. She lives and works in Brussels. Barbara and René Stoeltie have been collaborating on interior design books and articles since 1984 with Barbara as writer and René as photographer. They live in Brussels. Hubert de Givenchy is a French aristocrat and world-famous fashion designer. He lives in France.