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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.

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

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This is how the gauzy, transparent paper looks.

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More of the dresses we saw.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Such a beautiful color!

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These boots are really something!

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

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Looks almost like tapestry.

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These a re a bit more like bedroom slippers.

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

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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.

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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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