Frida Kahlo : Making Her Self Up

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The beautiful companion book to an exhibition at the V&A which explores the clothing, jewellery and cosmetics of artist, Frida Kahlo.

In 1954, following her death, Frida Kahlo's possessions were locked away in the Casa Azul in Mexico City, her lifelong home. Half a century later, her collection of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and other personal items was rediscovered. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, the exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at the V&A, offers a fresh perspective on the life story of this extraordinary artist, whose charisma and entirely individual way of dressing made her one of the most photographed women of her time.

Specially-commissioned photographs show her distinctive Mexican outfits alongside her self-portraits, an unprecedented pairing that is enriched by iconic images taken in her lifetime. The book includes six inset booklets, containing photographs of Kahlo’s most intimate possessions, a section showcasing Kahlo’s wardrobe and spectacular details of embellishments and textiles.

A must for Kahlo fans, and for anyone interested in how women can present themselves to the world in original and authentic ways.

  • Author:  Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion
  • Hardcover: 256 pages | 240 illustrations
  • Date published: June 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851779604
  • Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 21.6 cm

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