FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), the National Trust for Italy, an organization whose mission is to protect Italy’s artistic heritage, has organized a special event dedicated to lovers of architecture, art and fashion. Thirty sumptuous outfits including suits by Dior, kimonos and evening gowns by Lanvin and creations by Chanel: ready-towear marvels if only they weren’t made of paper. This is the work of 70-year-old Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave who, from early childhood, enjoyed designing dresses, later turning her passion for design into pattern-making, sewing and finally the recreation of iconic dresses by crumpling, pleating, braiding, and painting the surface of simple rag paper to achieve the effect of textiles and create the illusion of haute couture.
The exhibition featuring de Borchgrave’s exquisite work is set against a backdrop that further heightens its appeal: Villa Necchi Campiglio, a 1930s masterpiece designed by the architect Piero Portaluppi. The villa, an architectural gem and one of Milan’s most beautiful house museums, is another reason to visit the exhibition.
Guided tours are available every 30 minutes fro a maximum number of 15 guests.
Open Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Last entry 5.15pm.
[Photo credits:© Andreas von Einsiedel]
External links: www.villanecchicampiglio.it (only in Italian)