31.3.14

Frida Kahlo's Clothes: Revealed After 50 Years



A joyous day is at hand for both lovers of art, and lovers of fashion:
hundreds of items from the wardrobe of cultural legend Frida Kahlo, including clothing, corsetry, head pieces, jewelry and shoes, can now be viewed, in person, by your very own eyeballs.
Viewed, that is, if you plan on traveling to Mexico any time soon.  If not, at least enjoy some photos of the iconic woman who would become a role model and goddess of inspiration to so many.





 { Below:  Pieces of Frida; items from the museum collection. }
 
From Messy Nessy Chic blog:
When she died, her husband Diego Rivera ordered her clothes be locked up for 15 years. When Diego passed three years later, a philanthropist, art collector and old friend of the couple, Dolores Olmedo became the manager of their houses. She kept all of Kahlo’s belongings secretly guarded under lock and key for decades until she too passed away in 2004 and the fashion time capsule of an icon; a treasure chest, was finally unlocked...
The latest exhibition... is not about her paintings, but her legendary wardrobe, which has been equally revolutionary and influential to modern culture. 
 For the first time ever, Frida Kahlo’s closet is on display at her museum and former home, La Casa Azul in Mexico City...
 Many of the clothes which were locked up in trunks and wardrobes for so long still carry the scent of the late artist’s perfume and cigarette smoke or stains from [the] painting entitled “Appearances can be Deceiving”...

It's easy to look at her paintings and understand Frida Kahlo's lasting and continued influence in the art world, as well as her status as role model for strong, independent women, and so it's not surprising that her personal style would be as celebrated as her body of work.



{ Below: A young Frida. }



{ Below:  Frida paints. }



{  Below:  Frida the icon. }
{ above:  Frida sits in front of a Picasso painting.  Two icons together. }




{ Below:  Frida in color. }


{ Below:  Probably the last photo taken of Frida, just 11 hours before her death on July 13, 1954. }





More info about and images of the exhibition can be found on the museum's website, here.


some images via here here and here.