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Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe


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Introduction: Fashioning Frida Claire Wilcox and Circe Henstrosa Trouble in the Blue House Hilda Trujillo Soto I FAMILY AND CHILDHOOD Quetzalcoatl's Grin: The Changing Face of Art and Culture in Frida Kahlo's Mexico Adrian Locke II ADOLESCENCE AND ADULTHOOD Appearances Can Be Deceiving - Frida Kahlo's Construction of Identity: Disability, Ethnicity and Dress Circe Henestrosa Frida Kahlo's Jewellery Clare Phillips III JEWELLERY Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe Chloe Sayer Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up Claire Wilcox IV COSMETICS Frida Kahlo: Posing, Composing, Exposing Gannit Ankori V ORTHOPAEDIC DEVICES The Resplandor: Cultural and Spiritual Significance in Two Self-Portraits Kirstin Kennedy Frida Redressed Oriana Baddeley VI MEDICINES

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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. Circe Henestrosa is an independent curator and Head of the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.


Praise for V&A Exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up which accompanies this book:

'A room of her personal belongings, which had been sealed since her death, was opened, and its contents put on display at the Blue House -it is a real coup for the V&A to be able to borrow this collection.' Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian
'an extraordinary testimony to suffering and spirit' The Observer
'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up is a larger version of the inaugural viewing of the Casa Azul stash that took place in Mexico City earlier this year. It is intimate and epic in scale, the juxtapositioning of artworks with the items that appear in them - here some jewellery, there a headdress - compelling.' Anna Murphy, The Times

'Whatever your preconceptions about Kahlo, it's hard to leave this show unimpressed by her huge resilience, and without feeling just a little in love with this extraordinary woman.' Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph

'Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa... have masterminded a celebration of the artist's style.' Karen Dacre, Evening Standard
'The V&A has now put a generous selection of these intimate contents on show, amplifying them with films of her in action, more photographs, her jewellery, her costumes and a small but gripping array of her fiery self-portraits.' Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times Culture

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