Re-Covering

1 May

Isabel and Ruben Toledo by Ruben Toledo

Isabel and Ruben Toledo by Ruben Toledo

Below are some neat Classics with covers designed by Ruben Toledo. Admittedly, I work for Penguin Books, but I genuinely appreciate a trajectory of book-making that attracts new people to otherwise unseen things. (check out this new cover for Revolutionary Suicide, by Huey P. Newton)

Ruben Toledo is an artist and graphic designer, married to fashion designer Isabel Toledo. Isabel, widely known for designing Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Day dress. The Toledos are New Yorkers, Cuban-Americans, and one of the coolest couples in this dimension. They have an inspiring, creative, personal relationship which is talked about at length in this article for Harper’s Bazaar. Not to mention an incredible Atelier in Midtown that they share, live in, create things in, a place where Isabel keeps her fashions while Ruben has a studio, they make art together, mannequins, LOVE. Sigh….

Anyway, here are the ‘Couture Classics’ designed by Ruben:

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

If you were to redesign a Classic book cover…what would it be (consider your own definition of ‘classic’ literature)?

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One Response to “Re-Covering”

  1. Licantropo May 1, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    That’s a hard question to answer. Maybe Frankenstein? Just for an opportunity to portray the “monster”.

    With Revolutionary Suicide in mind, I thought of Soul On Ice as well and can’t imagine wanting to do anything other than an illustration of the photos from some of the original covers. Huey in the chair, Eldridge smoking. Kinda hard to top those images with anything else. That’s some iconic stuff to be messing around with.

    I really like the illustrations on Penguin’s copy of Rashomon. Thought it was a comic book rendering at first glance.

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