It’s hard to believe that those beautiful dresses on the picture above are made of simple rag paper!
The Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave creates astonishing pieces inspired by paintings, historical costumes and designs of the grand couturiers. Her work is on display in Hillwood museum NW Washington, DC. The exhibition is entitled “Prêt-à-Papier”.
[this one got long (that’s what she said) so I put it under a cut; if you like, you can assume this is compliant with my sometimes-hc about Scully, as I wrote in this ficlet awhile back]
Mulder wonders if they’ll even notice that he bailed on “Tactical Empathy: Interview Rapport Building” at the final break; he’s so bored and brain-fried from the last seven tedious hours of Skinner-ordered punishment — ok, training — that he’s not sure he didn’t actually die in there, and it’s just his ghost descending to the basement. He’d be halfway home by now, but for the need to retrieve the files for the Snoqualmie case on his desk.
As soon as he’s out of the elevator, he hears Scully’s voice from their partially-open door. He perks up a little — she wasn’t supposed to be here today, but maybe her committee testimony wrapped up early? Maybe she’d even want to go for a drink; they could both use a little loosening up after a week like this, of nothing but bureaucracy and torpidity.
Whoever she’s talking to, it doesn’t sound like a fun conversation. He pauses a few feet away, torn between curiosity and good manners — but she’s such an enigma, he can’t pass up the chance to glean whatever he can about her personal life.
Before a well overdue late lunch break, this suite of four carved and giltwood fauteuils à la Reine. They are Louis XV period, stamped L Delanois. They are part of the Eleanor Post Close (1909-2006) and Antal Post de Bekessy (1943-2015) exceptional American aristocratic dynasty, which over generations, assembled extraordinary collections, and built or restored outstanding houses in the United States, such as Mar-A-Lago in Florida, now pitifully managed as part of the Trum real estate assets, but also house in Switzerland and France. Renowned for its generous donations, to museums and foundations, such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Château de Versailles and the Hillwood museum, the family’s cultural legacy, particularly in the United States and in France, is significant. Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), once the richest woman in the United States, was at the helm of the General Foods family business. An astute businesswoman, a philanthropist, and a collector, she left a significant portion of her collection of 18th-century French and Russian art and several jewels of exceptional quality to be shown in her Hillwood home in Washington D.C., today a museum open to the public.
Marjorie Merriweather Post (1931). Giulio de Blaas (Italian, 1888-1934). Oil on canvas. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
Post at the presentation at the Court of St. James, June 29, 1929, wearing a sleeveless light green chiffon dress by Callot Soeurs with a jeweled shoulder piece on her left shoulder, and embroidery on the bodice, with a long full skirt and train. She is also wearing two emerald and diamond bracelets and an emerald ring on her left hand.
Visiting Dress with Jacket, by Au Bon Marché / M.A. Boucicaut, Paris, 1908-11, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Late Edwardian dress of peach colored silk linen with a high lace collar and matching jacket. Silk taffeta rope cording, covered wooden buttons, crocheted cotton thread, and gold thread embroidery.