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"Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper" at Dixon Gallery and Gardens

"Fashioning Art from Paper" is a mid-career examination of one of the most creative figures working in Europe today. Belgian contemporary artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, a painter by training, uses paper to recreate stunning historic fashions. This exhibition celebrates de Borchgrave’s most iconic bodies of work, including "Papiers à la Mode," "The World of Mariano Fortuny," "The Kaftans," "Splendor of the Medici," and "Les Ballets Russes," which collectively illuminate some 500 years of fashion history.

"Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper" will be on view through January 7, 2018 at the Dixon. The exhibition is organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Society of the Four Arts, Frick Art & Historical Center, and Baker Museum. Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, and Isabelle de Borchgrave will participate in a conversation about the featured artist’s artistic journey at the opening lecture on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Winegardner Auditorium.

In celebration of her connection with Memphis, Isabelle de Borchgrave created an Elvis jumpsuit in paper; it will be on view at the Dixon on opening day in October and will continue to be on display after the exhibition as a gift from the artist to the permanent collection.

Organizing partner Frick Art & Historical Center commissioned de Borchgrave to create a gown inspired by a special work in their collection: Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, ca. 1610. Both the dress and the original Rubens portrait will be on view in this exhibition.

When: October 15, 2017-January 7, 2018
Where: Dixon Gallery and Gardens (4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117)