Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up published by the V&A Museum
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 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.
Author Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Professor in Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.
The book accompanied the V&A Exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, an exhibition which was a larger version of the inaugural viewing of the Casa Azul stash that took place in Mexico City. It is described as intimate and epic in scale, the juxtapositioning of artworks with the items that appear in them - here some jewellery, there a headdress - compelling.’ This is a beautiful coffee table hard back book that would be cherished by anyone interested in the fabulous Frida Kahlo.