Frida Kahlo’s life and looks have fascinated art and fashion historians as much as her work. During her lifetime she was famous for her style, being photographed for the cover of French Vogue in 1939.
Kahlo’s bout of childhood polio and a debilitating crash later in life caused her extreme pain during her lifetime, and these considerations were central to her sartorial choices. The exhibition will offer fresh perspectives on Kahlo’s compelling life story through the display of her orthopaedic devices and medicines alongside her clothes.
In 2004 new items were discovered when previously sealed rooms in The Blue House (the house Kahlo was born and died in, now the Frida Kahlo museum), were opened to reveal more of Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions, including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters.
This exhibition will explore the development of Kahlo’s style as an amalgam of traditional Mexican garments, fashion from Europe and beyond, and demonstrate how her wardrobe was expressive of the complex relationship between her Mexican and Western heritage. Hand-painted corsets will be shown as well as Kahlo’s clothing and portraits, including My Dress Hangs There (1933) and The Love Embrace (1943).
The exhibition will open next year on 16 June and run until 4 November 2018. Further details here.