Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls December 16 2011

I bought these beautiful Frida Kahlo paper dolls in a little boutique in New York City earlier this week. Stocking stuffer for the kiddo. I don't think she's old enough to appreciate paper dolls, especially if given the chose between these and an iPad, but in a few years I think she'll get their appeal. 

These paper dolls -- which you actually have to cut out yourself -- make you feel as if you're peering into Frida Kahlo's closet. Next to each dress is a description of when she wore the dress and at what point in her life. The booklet describes how Frida carefully cultivated her image. Whether it was pants and short hair, or regional dresses with ruffles and lace, a shawl and braided hair, her selection of clothing spoke volumes about the woman she was. I'm scared to think what the clothes I wear say about me! 

Anyway, I would love to have these clothes hanging in my closet.

Diego Rivera, her husband and brilliant artist (and mujeriego) in his own right, is also included, although there are only four changes of clothing for him, including the denim overalls he often used while working.

I loved playing with paper dolls as a little girl, and my mother always talks about how she and her sisters used to save their money to buy them at the Woolworth in downtown Laredo. She says they used to even cut furniture out of the Sears catalog. My daughter is starting to get into role-playing with her dolls, and it's always the everyday activities she knows: sleeping, eating, playing, singing and dancing. I can imagine role-playing with the Frida and Diego paper dolls. Oof, complicated!