Fashion, Paper, and Femininity: Isabelle de Borchgrave

While studying art & culture in London in 2014, I spent an amazing day at Tate Modern and came across a poster so sarcastic, I thought it was serious at first. The poster, created by Guerrilla Feminism, is called "The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist." I bought it for my best friend & woman artist, Shelby Kay. A great deal of Guerrilla Feminism's work focuses on women in the fine arts, the limited recognition they receive, and the exploitation of female bodies in the arts (see: "Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met. Museum?"). So when I saw there was an entire exhibit at The Four Arts Society dedicated to female artist, Isabelle de Borchgrave, I jumped at the opportunity to support a fellow woman in the arts. 

Isabelle de Borchgrave is a female artist famous for recreating historic garments and costumes with mind-boggling accuracy and attention to detail. Even more astounding is that these recreations of hers are made entirely out of PAPER and trampleoi. Her collection, Fashioning Art from Paper, is currently on tour in the U.S. Click here to find out where it'll be next and scroll through my favorite works below.



Avoiding a Quarter-Life Fashion Crisis

So you're twenty-something years old just like 25 million Americans also happen to be, and if you're also anything like me, you are having a VERY hard time dressing like an adult while still maintaining your ~youthful vibes~. I have a lot of gorgeous dresses that friends have passed my way, and all of a sudden I realized yesterday that everything I own is...conservative. It's not form-fitting, or it's got long sleeves, or it's cocktail-dress-you-can-meet-your-partner's-grandma-in appropriate, and it's a lovely dress, really, but you just feel as though you're dressing like you're thirty-four and not twenty-four. Honey, I feel you, and I'm here to share with you the epiphany I had last night: there are only two things to spice up any outfit. They are:

1. A Pair of Big, Bold Earrings.

Add some punch to your outfit by donning a pair of earrings that shout, "I am a bold bitch and I am here to party!" Nobody will even think to assume that you only paint your face with foundation once a week and spend the rest of your waking post-work-day hours sitting on the couch in smelly pajamas completely sober. Here are our favorites and click-links to purchase, because duh.

2. A Pair of Party Shoes

If you've been looking for an excuse to go shoe shopping, HERE IT IS! By order of the Fab Feminist, I hereby grant you permission to swipe and buy. Killer shoes are my favorite way to liven up any outfit. Strappy designs, metallics, bright colors, and animal prints are your ticket to fierce feet, and although there's nothing in this world I love more than a pair of six inch heels, I've included a few flats for our more practical fab readers.