I förgrunden visas en skyltdocka med en av pappersdräkterna och i bakgrunden visas fyra olika skyltdockor med dräkter  i en glasmonter
Photo: Jens Mohr, The Royal Armoury/SHM (CC BY).

September 16, 2016– March 19, 2017

Renaissance fashion in paper – The Medici family outside the frame

An enchanted world of paper! The Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave works with hand painted clothes made from paper, connected to history and fashion. She has exhibited over the world for more than two decades. The Royal Armoury showed her work for the first time in Sweden and the Nordic region.

The paper costumes showed the glamour of the Florentine renaissance court. As the historical costumes are not preserved, art works and portraits have been the inspiration for Isabelle de Borchgrave. She has created things we cannot see in the portraits, the backs of costumes and magnificent hairdos. In the exhibition the Medici family steped outside the frames of the portraits that immortalises them – they are given forms and bodies.

”The question is whether any previous exhibition at The Royal Armoury has surprised as much as the current one.” 

– Dagens Nyheter (daily newspaper in Sweden)

History and present side by side

History meets the present in pieces made by Isabelle de Borchgrave especially for this exhibition. The fragile historical accessories from the Royal Armoury collections were showed side by side with Isabelle de Borchgrave's creations.

Photo: Jens Mohr/SHM

Paper studio

Adjacent to the exhibition was a studio where visitors had the opportunity to see and feel the material in paper that Isabelle de Borchgrave uses for her works.

Photo: Jens Mohr/SHM
I utställningslokalen var ett golv fyllt med låtsas blod och i en monter syns fyra filmaaffischer, bland annat Kill Bill


The exhibition was produced with support from Holmen. Thanks to the Belgian Embassy and Brussels Airlines.

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