Isabelle de Borchgrave : First CAD student in 1961

Born in 1946 in Etterbeek, Isabelle de Borchgrave is a prominent Belgian artist and sculptor, best known for her colorful paintings and intricately painted paper sculptures.

De Borchgrave started her studies age 14 at the Centre des Arts Décoratifs (CAD) before the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Soon after graduating, she set up her own studio focusing on fashion and interior design, the artist regularly using the fabrics she worked on as a canvas for her art.

A major turning point in the artist’s career came in 1994, when de Borchgrave began designing elaborate paper costumes. Combining her love of fashion, history and painting, she worked on four major collections in her now famous trompe-l’oeil.

The first collection entitled ‘Papiers à la Mode’, a collaboration between the artist and Canadian costume designer Rita brown, covered 300 years of fashion history from Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel.

From the Fashion Institute in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, to the Flanders Fashion Institute in Antwerp and the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the traveling exhibition drew in hundreds of thousands of museum-goers

Isabelle de Borchgrave has also collaborated as a fashion and interior designer with the likes of Comme des GarçonsChristian DiorHermèsVilleroy & BochPierre Frey, Lanvin, or Caspari to name a few.

The artist lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.