The moment I saw Karl Lagerfeld’s photos of Claudia Schiffer for Vogue Germany, I couldn’t wait to compare them with another very popular photographic ode to Frida Kahlo from an earlier post: Laura Ponte As Frida Kahlo, Photographed by Iris Brosch.
Here’s another Lagerfeld photo of Schiffer as Frida Kahlo:
compared to Iris Brosch’s interpretation of Laura Ponte as Frida Kahlo:
One immediately recognizes Kahlo in both photographs, but there are distinct differences between Lagerfeld and Brosch’s interpretation of her muse essence.
The remaining photos until text, are all from Karl Lagerfeld, photographing Claudia Schiffer for German Vogue.
My own essay about Frieda Kahlo is a consistent top article, because Kahlo is a Smart Sensuality artist par excellence. Her fiery spirit, artistic brilliance, intense sensuality and also pain-ridden physicality make Kahlo a complex female character.
We’re fascinated not only by her Kahlo’s art, but also in how she herself is interpreted as a muse to fashion and style culture.
There are noticeable differences in the photographic interpretations of Lagerfeld and Brosch:
Lagerfeld| film noir grainy, Germanic and dark, no vibrancy or Kahlo’s trademark colors
Brosch| bolder, restrained like Lagerfled bot vivid in color and crisp, painterly style. The Brosch photos mimic Kahlo’s actual style of painting. Personally I find the Brosch photos more sensual.