Pulp Fashion


Yesterday my friend Char and I went over to the Bellevue Art Museum to see a wonderful paper dresses.  It sounds a bit strange, but it was so amazing, I am in awe of the woman who did it.

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This is a wonderful dress and jacket.  We were amazed at the lining in the jacket, it all looks as if it has been sewn.

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This is a closeup of the dress and how it looks.  Even a belt to go with it.

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This is absolutely amazing, Char thinks they used rice paper as the overdress because she couldn’t see any weave.  It is so transparent, almost gossamer.  There was a wonderful lavender one, a red one and a beautiful green.

When Mariano Fortuny was creating the clothes, he used very fine pleated fabric, silks and wonderful luxurious  fabrics for his  designs.  he had trouble finding a way to keep the pleats in, then he patented a machine that steamed the pleats in to make sure they stayed.  To store a dress, it was twisted and then coiled into a hat box – then shake it out when ready to wear.

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This is an amazing dress with an interesting jacket.  The back of the jacket goes down to the bottom hem – with a wonderful belt to hold it together.

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The lapels fold back showing a lining, then the belt holding it together.

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I really liked this one, in person it is lighter in color and it made me think of sunny spring.

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Most of the dresses had their hems positioned like this – gathered into the legs and then flaring out – though I doubt it can be worn like that.  Let’s face it, I would likely trip over the hem at some point.

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What can I say?  It boggles my mind and I am lost in admiration not only for Isabelle de Borchgrave but the original designer Mariano Fortuny.

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3 Responses to “Pulp Fashion”

  1. Charlotte Trayer Says:

    Very nice post, Liz. I’m glad you enjoyed it–I certainly did!! Of course, best of all was spending time with you!!

    • Lee Kaplanian Says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed myself and fortunately we didn’t have to walk very far in the bitter cold (for us). Did you google Isabelle de Borchhgrave? I clicked on Images and it was amazing to see her work – WOW! We always have fun when we are together. Thanks for letting me know about this exhibit.

  2. Charlotte Trayer Says:

    You’re welcome; thanks for agreeing to join me!!

    I haven’t googled Isabelle de Borchgrave yet, but I saw your post following this one–fabulous pictures!

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