Crumpling, pleating, braiding, sculpting, and—above all—painting, Isabelle de Borchgrave transforms the humblest of rag paper into delicate trompe l’oeil treasures. Her new exhibition Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave will find a simpatico setting June 16 through December 30, 2012, at the stunning Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Northwest Washington, DC, where the Belgian artist’s whimsical interpretations of over 25 historical costumes and haute couture dresses will be on view. Hillwood’s first-ever exhibition of a contemporary artist will feature clothing styles from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries and six costumes de Borchgrave created especially for the show. One will become part of Hillwood’s permanent collection.
Deborah had the distinct pleasure of interviewing de Borchgrave from her Brussels studio by Skype and researching and writing the audio tour for the exhibition under the perceptive eye of Julie Treumann, creative director of Acoustiguide, the international pioneer of museum audio tours headquartered in New York City. Deborah moved herself and her company, Deborah Schull Content Media Message, LLC, to Manhattan in October 2011 and is delighted to maintain creative ties with her old haunt, Washington, DC.