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More Pulp Fashion

February 8, 2014

After writing the post yesterday, I decided to see what Google had on images for both Isobelle and for Fortuny.  What a wonderful surprise!  Isobelle has been working on fashions of the last 500 years and has ones from different eras as well as the Fortuny ones.  This woman is so fascinating, I am astounded at the intricacy and detail of some of the work – she has done clothes in De Medici times, also looks as though she has done French Revolution fashions and one from Worth.

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This is one of the dresses at Bellevue – Char and I found it fascinating because we thought it was an over dress, turns out it is all one piece but we had to look closely.



I love this one too – the colors are so rich, plus this is one of my favorite colors.


This is how the gauzy, transparent paper looks.


More of the dresses we saw.


Then I checked out Mariano Fortuny and found the real thing.  This shows how the dress is meant to be stored.


In the exhibit there were pictures of the actual gowns that the paper ones were based.


They do hug your figure, which means they may not look as well on me – I willing to try one on and see how it looks.


I like the hem of the top on this one.  Char remarked that with a shorter skirt, it would work well today.

Along with the dresses and jackets, she put some paper shoes in as well – after all, one must have matching shoes.

IsabelleShoes_xlMuch too narrow for me, but most ingenious.

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Such a beautiful color!


These boots are really something!


Looks ready for a party with shoes, bag and is that a bracelet?


Looks almost like tapestry.


These a re a bit more like bedroom slippers.


Then we find the more decorative shoes, ready for evening.


Then comes outrageous!

I will admit I had forgotten what the exhibit was, but I knew I would have a great time with Char – I was not disappointed!

Pulp Fashion

February 7, 2014

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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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