Style Icon. Frida Kahlo exhibition
Few artists remain memorable for their fashion style and even fewer become style icons and a true inspiration for other artists and fashion designers.
Frida Kahlo ‘way of dressing was the result of her strong sense of identity, an identity built from physical pain,’ said Circe Henestrosa, curator of the exhibition dedicated to the artist and style icon’s wardrobe.
Frida contracted polio as a young child, which affected the growth of her right leg. She later went through a serious bus crash at 18, subjecting her to painful operations and long periods of bed rest throughout her life.
In these conditions she developed a fascinating fashion sense and has created a signature of her look. She wore long skirts embroidered with colorful flowers, to hide her limping walk, tehuana outfits typical from Tehuantepec, a southern city where Kahlo’s mother was from.
She always wore corsets because of severe back pain. Her style remained memorable as it was often depicted in her art. ‘I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.’ Frida used to say.
‘Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ is the title of the exhibition opened at Casa Azul, Frida’s home-museum in Mexico City, diplaying 300 items which have been locked away in her wardrobe for more than 50 years after her death in 1954.
Through time, her style became an inspiration for deigners like McQueen, Gaultier, Riccardo Tisci, Rei Kawakubo or Viktor & Rolf.