Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/6/18
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Frida Kahlo remains one of the most popular artists of our timesales of Frida books number into the hundreds ofthousandsand yet no volume has ever focused on one of the most memorable aspects of her persona and creativeoeuvre: her wardrobe. Now, for the first time, 95 original and beautifully staged photographs of Kahlo's newly restored clothing are paired with historic photos of the artist wearing them and her paintings in which the garments appear. Frida's life and style were an integral part of her art, and she is long overdue for recognition as a fashion icon.
Carlos Phillips Olmedo is director of the Blue House Museum.
Denise and Magdalena Rosenzweig are textile restorers.
Teresa del Conde is an author and art historian.
Marta Turok is an author and anthropologist.
When Frida Kahlo died, Diego Rivera had her wardrobe sealed for 50 years. It's now been opened and two women have been restoring the fabrics so the clothes can be seen as they once were.
I thought it was particularly wonderful that the authors showed the clothing next to the paintings or photographs that showed Frida wearing that particular piece. She painted herself wearing her own garments - or at least they were on hangers in her paintings. In other cases, she was photographed wearing garments that are in the collection. It feels so intimate to see the clothing and art in juxtaposition. It makes you want to completely redo your wardrobe in similar style.
Just a love of a book.
Frida died much too young, although, by all accounts she wasn't fearful of death and possibly welcomed it as a release from the pain and physical suffering she endured since her late teens. But what a personality she had! She chose to wear the clothing of indigenous people of Mexico and this book is full of gorgeous photos detailing her clothing, some of her jewelry and her bedroom and bathroom. a very messy bathroom full of bottles and unguents - looked just like my grandma's)
The photos are lovely and the descriptions very interesting, it's a Chronicle book, after all. The authors described the items so that anyone not familiar with typical Mexican indigenous clothing items could understand; it's not just page after page of pictures of cloth and fabric. The authors were often able to include photos (often B&W) of Frida wearing an item with a gorgeous color photo of the piece itself. They also explained the state in which certain items were found and how they were repaired and restored which was very interesting. Oh, and the jewelry! Such beautiful pieces! Mexican jewelry is so lovely.
The book will make you want to book a trip to Mexico City so you can visit La Casa Azul!
Que viva la revolucion!