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Isabelle de Borchgrave

Isabelle de Borchgrave (b. 1946) is a Belgian artist, sculptor, and fabric and clothing designer. Seemingly born with a passion for drawing, she attended the Centre des Arts Décoratifs at 14 and later, the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. After a short stint in advertising, she delved into the world of design, both fashion and interior. Among her many couture feats, de Borchgrave holds the distinction of having been commissioned to recreate Jackie Kennedy's wedding gown--in paper--for the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.

The artist considers herself a follower of the Nabis Movement (1890-1898), which shifted artistic focus from Impressionism's emphasis on naturalism and ephemeral effects to the avant garde, non-representational interplay of shapes and color. The Nabis, led by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, paved the way for abstract art in the early 20th century. The movement drew great inspiration from the fun-loving style and bohemian approach of Paul Gauguin.

Married to Count Werner de Borchgrave d'Altena, and therefore, a countess herself, Isabelle has two grown children and resides in Brussels.
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