Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe Unlocked after Nearly 60 Years

http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/01/08/frida-kahlos-wardrobe-unlocked-and-on-display-after-nearly-60-years/

 

Frida Kahlo wardrobe unlocked

When Frida Kahlo 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.

For the first time ever, Frida Kahlo’s closet is on display at her museum and former home, La Casa Azul in Mexico City. Entitled “Appearances can be Deceiving”, the exhibition importantly highlights the sadder, truer side to Kahlo’s flamboyant style. 

Allied with the disability arts, Frida Kahlo wardrobe and fashion sense carries her signature style, and highlights her beauty transcending her disability.

She was a revolutionary celebrating her ethnicity on a world stage, but Frida also used the long skirts and corsets to hide a body which was left disfigured by childhood polio and a near-fatal road accident when she was 18 that forced her to have over 30 operations, including a leg amputation in her last years.

Frida Kahlo long skirt

 

 

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~ by artpoped on May 16, 2013.

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