This wonderful collection includes 29 outfits for Frida and 2 complete outfits for Diego as well as 2 additional jackets. The printing is as vibrant as Frida's beloved strikingly vibrant colors of her homeland. The book measures approximately 12 by 9 inches and contains 16 pages of costumes.
Frida Kahlo is an exceptional figure in Mexican history; her relationship with Diego Rivera was, for 25 years, the center around which the outstanding national, artistic, social and political groups of the first half of the 20th century, revolved. However, far beyond her role as Diego's wife, Frida was an artist who made an unquestionable contribution to the Mexican expressive arts; she was also a woman of vanguardist social ideas who held considerable sway over her generation.
Frida carefully cultivated her image; as an adolescent, her short hair and dresses clearly belied her special tastes. Later she began to use regional costumes, above all those worn by the Tehuanas or women of the Tehuantepec zone of Oaxaca, Mexico. Often adorned with flounces, pleated ruffles and beautiful embroidery, these traditional garments would subsequently become her personal trademark. Her distinctive style blended imitation and find jewelry as well.
By using full-length dresses or jeans, Frida sought to conceal her thinner right leg, which, originally a consequence of polio, was worsened by an accident at the age of eighteen. Although Frida was destined to spend her life amid physicians, hospitals and operations, she never ceased to cultivate an image that portrayed her as brimming with life and color.
We can imagine the ritual of her daily preparations before embarking on everyday domestic tasks like taking Diego his lunch in a basket, or sitting to work at her easel. She painstakingly selected her skirt, blouse, shawl, ribbons and jewelry, braided her hair and completed this extraordinary harmony of color form and texture with the floral headdresses that crowned her image for the day.