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Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 18, 2008
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About the Author
Denise and Magdalena Rosenzweig are textile restorers.
Teresa del Conde is an author and art historian.
Marta Turok is an author and anthropologist.
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The photos are lovely and were shot on site at Kahlo's house. Photos of Kahlo in the garments are also included as well as descriptions of where the pieces would have come from in Mexico and what they are made of. This is an interesting read for fans of Kahlo and Rivera, anyone interested in the clothing of Mexico, and those who enjoy reading how a bit of history was preserved. It also gives a very personal view and insight of the life of a great artist. I can't recommend this one enough! It's my favourite book in my Frida Kahlo collection.
This book is fill with bright colors and amazing details of Frida's wardrobe. The book not only shows and describes the clothing, shoes, jewelry that Frida wore, it also shows rooms of her home which give one a look into her life. By reading and viewing this book, a part of Frida's life is revealed like it has never been done before. I give this book, five stars out of five.
1) It is poorly organized. None of the pictures is numbered, so when the authors reference a particular article of clothing it's difficult to refer back to the photo of that article - you have to flip through the book looking for it. At times it's not even clear if there even is a photo of the item under discussion! There's really no excuse for that - there are existing conventions for referencing pictures and illustrations in written work.
2) The intro is quite meandering, and doesn't really stick to a theme; you'd almost thing the author didn't know what kind of book the introduction was meant for, and so just wrote a bunch of stuff about Frida.
3) There was some excellent introductory level information about the various kinds of ethnic dress in Mexico, but I think a better job could have been done relating all of that back to Frida and her work, as well as the social and political context in which she lived. At times the fact that Frida's specific wardrobe was the genesis of this book seemed besides the point.
Having said all that, this really is a stunningly beautiful book, and it does provide interesting insights into the more personal aspects of Frida's day to day life. Were it not for the issues noted above (particularly the first one), I would have given it 4 stars.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product, price is amazing and delivered on time as promised.Published 13 months ago by Rodolfo rosales
A beautiful book in good condition, thank you very much!Published 16 months ago by Anne-Christine Schindler
I thank the dedicated people who gathered Khalo's pieces and made them available to all....the history behind what she wore is truly inspiring.Published 21 months ago by Sally Smith
Of particular interest to anyone wanting more info on Frida's clothing. Very detailed. Fascinating view into Frida's personal items, clothes and rooms.Published on July 29, 2013 by By the water
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