Monday, September 26, 2011

Shelf Candy Saturday (The Monday Edition) (5)

A big shout out to Five Alarm Book Reviews for creating this fun meme to showcase awesome covers and recognize amazing artists!

Well, I was having serious problems with auto-post this weekend (no, I don't write my posts in real-time, sorry to dissappoint, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain...)

So, after a small two-day delay, here's my Shelf Candy for this week:

It's my New Twist On Old Favorites Edition: I saw these covers and promptly fell in love.

The covers for Penguin's new series of "Classics in Couture Editions" were created by fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. (Bio courtesy of Steidl )
Ruben Toledo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961 and is at once a painter, sculptor, illustrator, fashion chronicler and critic, and surrealist. He has designed mannequins, store windows, award statuettes, scarves, fabrics, dishes and carpets. He has painted murals, portraits, album covers and barns.
He has also created witty and incisive illustrations for the top fashion magazines and journals from around the world, among them The New Yorker, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Paper, Visionaire, Interview and The New York Times. Additionally, he is the illustrator of Nordstrom’s national designer ad campaign. Toledo’s work has been on exhibit throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
He is the author of Style Dictionary a collection of his drawings and watercolors. His collaboration with his fashion designer wife, Isabel Toledo, was the subject of both a book and a museum exhibition titled Toledo/Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where they both reside and work. Ruben Toledo recently completed his first film — an animated History of French Fashion entitled Fashionation.
His unique take on the classics creates must-have looks for any fashionable library, regardless of if you own seven copies of each of these novels or not.

Pride and Prejudice, Darcy looks very prideful indeed!
Dracula - He's making a bloody mess!

Jane Eyre - That's quite a hike there Jane. Watch your step, there's lunatics around...

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oh, Dorian, you're so pretty!
The Scarlet Letter -  Don't even think about calling her a ho, you juvenile delinquent.
Wuthering Heights - The tale of Heathcliff the original "bad boy" and Catherine the original "mean girl" 

Well, that's it for this week, folks! Hope you love these as much as I do. I can't wait to pop over to Five Alarm Book Reviews and see what everyone else has picked for the week!


  1. Oh, my they are so dark. I'm not sure I would want these on my shelf.

  2. I love them!!! I want the entire set. I love the classics with a great artistic cover. I have seen other sets that are done with more of a pretty wallpaper theme and they are great too. I am going to look for these. I would love to see them in person. You can tell that Ruben Toledo worked with fashion illustration.

  3. @ Mrs. Q - I know, they are darker than what I usually pick. I'll find something extra pretty for you for next week :)

    @ FAB - I'm so glad you love them because I do too. I found several fashion illustration books of his on Amazon, I just might pipck one of them up. I feel like everyone had dark and spooky SC's this week - maybe we're getting ready for Halloween?

  4. I've seen these everywhere I want them so badly!!!

  5. Nice covers! They look very fairytale.
    Ruben is very talented.



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