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Blue Delphos Dress and Shawl, 2007
Fortuny Collection
Courtesy of Isabelle de Borchgrave Studio
Photo: Philippe Leclercq

If you appreciate remarkable craftsmanship and intricate handiwork, a trip to the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is a must-do this fall or winter if you are planning a getaway to Bellevue or live in the area.

The upcoming lead exhibit, A World of Paper, a World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave meets Mariano Fortuny, showcases the stunning work of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Over her 40-year career, de Borchgrave has made a name for herself with her virtuosic use of paper. Painting, pleating, crumpling, braiding and feathering, she manipulates rag paper into exquisite life-size historical costumes covering more than 300 years of fashion from Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel. De Borchgrave has crafted awe-inspiring pieces that should not be missed.

The exhibit at BAM presents one of de Borchgrave’s six collections, inspired by Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish-born eccentric whose designs were the height of fashion in the early 20th century. A World of Paper, A World of Fashion  showcases Isabelle de Borchgrave’s Fortuny collection in its entirety, offering a rare glimpse into the minds of not one, but two influential artistic figures.

Delphos Dress and Jacket, 2007 & Turquoise Jacket with motifs, 2008Fortuny CollectionCourtesy of Isabelle de Borchgrave StudioPictures takend during the exhibition A World of Paper, Fortuny by Isabelle de Borchgrave(Atelier Isabelle de Borchgrave, Brussels, 2012-2013)Photo: www.aureliechoiral.com
Delphos Dress and Jacket, 2007 & Turquoise Jacket with motifs, 2008
Fortuny Collection
Courtesy of Isabelle de Borchgrave Studio
Pictures takend during the exhibition A World of Paper, Fortuny by Isabelle de Borchgrave
(Atelier Isabelle de Borchgrave, Brussels, 2012-2013)
Photo: www.aureliechoiral.com

The exhibit begins November 21 and continues through February 16 with an opening celebration on Friday, November 22. The celebration includes presentations, lively entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, specialty wines and spirits, and more. BAM members and special guests can attend the VIP Reception 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the festivities open to the public from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

For tickets or more information, you can visit the event page here. For a list of all the exhibits currently on view at BAM, visithttp://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/index.html.

Interested in learning more about arts and culture in Bellevue? Start exploring the Visit Bellevue Washington website by clicking here.