Thursday, November 6, 2008

Manhes Massun's Love Song to Frida

"The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb." -- Andre Breton



My love for Frida Kahlo is boundless. So, of course, I adore the images from Manhes Massun's recent show at Mexico Fashion Week, which featured vibrant colors and Frida-esque hair accessories and jewelry. I always seem to enjoy the runway collections from Mexico and Brazil even more than the European and American collections. I admire the notion of retaining and re-interpreting folk costumes and traditions, and the work of Latin American designers often [admirably] look beyond trends and turn, instead, to their unique culture for inspiration.

[Manhes Massun for Mexico Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009...and some Frida]:








[Mexico Fashion Week Images from coutorture.com]

16 comments:

Moira said...

Tara - Thought you might this photo...

http://dreamdogsart.typepad.com/art/2008/04/frida-kahlo-her.html

And Frida Kahlo's dog painting makes and appearance in my "Dogs in Art" video...

http://dreamdogsart.typepad.com/art/dogs-in-art-film-the-art-.html

Also, I could not believe the bandage footwear. Years ago there was a script floating around Hollywood -- a satire on the fashion industry. Everyone loved it but was horrified by it too. Basically a new fashion designer debuted his line using amputee models. And since his jackets, slacks, etc. were made for people with missing limbs, people started having plastic surgery to chop of their appendages so they could fit in the clothing! It was completely insane and utterly captivating.

Anyway, those shoes and boots made me think we may not be that far away from this notion.

P.S. your hair looks fabulous!

Miss Karen said...

Frida is such an inspirational woman! I've seen a documentary about her about 5 times (they seem to always show it on the ABC here in Australia) and she never ceases to amaze me!

WendyB said...

This post makes me want the crazy heart dress I posted even more!

[Tara] said...

moira -- thanks so much for the links!! I love Frida with her Xoloitzcuintle's...[which is such a fun word to say]...that script sounds crazy and fascinating!

karen -- yes, I saw that documentary a few years back at the theater...amazing.

wendy -- I know, seeing that dress made me have Frida on the brain -- she would have appreciated it!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-loving these pictures, really!! A couple of years ago, I bought a framed picture of 4 Frida Kahlo postcards and I have it hanging in my hallway, its my favourite picture in the house!

[Tara] said...

Sharon -- That's cool! I also have Frida pictures, magnets, postcards all about the house. I went to a show of her work several years ago in Texas and her paintings blew me away!

Joanna Goddard said...

fabulous post -- and i LOVE your header!!!

[Tara] said...

joanna-- thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! Yes, my header photo is one of my all-time favorites [by Lee Miller]

michiko said...

Love love love these colours!!

[Tara] said...

michiko -- I know, they are so vibrant. I wish I had the nerve to wear colors like this all of the time...I would probably feel brave enough to wear them if I were in Mexico!

the asherette said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. just found yours for the first time as well. i like it alot- great images- and i will add it to my list as well.

[Tara] said...

asherette -- thanks so much for stopping by!!

Leigh said...

I LOVE this post! Beautiful images that pay homage to a complicated, brilliant, woman. She is noted in one of my posts as well:

http://www.themommymemoir.com/2008/04/heroes-famous-and-otherwise.html

[Tara] said...

leigh -- thanks for the link and for stopping by!

ambika said...

Oh wow, this is absolutely amazing. That striped dress is just too wonderful.

[Tara] said...

ambika -- I love the striped one as well...I feel like they are all so wearable even considering the brightness of the colors.