Peek Inside Frida Kahlo’s Secret Wardrobe, Hidden Away For 50 Years.
Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo's fashion sense is a lot like herself. It's colorful, complex, and filled with passion. Just looking at some of the things she wore tends to explain where she got her inspiration for her paintings. But when Frida passed away in 1954, her husband, Diego Rivera, sealed a wardrobe with her clothes and other belongings in a bathroom in their home in Mexico City. He also left instructions that the wardrobe had to remain hidden until 15 years after his death. Unfortunately, Rivera died in 1957 and the wardrobe remained locked for 47 years. Then, in 2004, this proverbial treasure trove was unlocked, which gave us a better glimpse at who Frida Kahlos was.
When you look at Frida Kahlos' photos and paintings, you'll notice a recurring theme.
There are flowers on her hair, and even in some of the backgrounds like the back of this wall. This is probably because, like herself, flowers are full of colors, liveliness, and beauty.
Poster of the exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Connections among Surrealist Women in Mexico"
Case in point, take a look at this portrait from 1932 titled, "The Frame."
It's the ultimate selfie, and you'll find not only flowers represented on the canvas, but also birds which are a common theme in her jewelry, hair accessories and wardrobe.
The Frame, 1932
Classic cat-eye sunglasses were the rage among Hollywood actresses back in those days.
So naturally, Frida decided to sport some classic, cat-themed sunglasses of her own, because her self-portraits and paintings were da bomb and went down in history as some of the most amazing works of arts ever.
Frida certainly had a unique style when it came to accessories, like these black gloves.
But these items were old and fragile, so when Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako photographed the collection of over 300 unseen relics, he used a 35mm Nikon camera with natural light to archive Frida's most private things.
Unfortunately, Frida died in 1954, just a few years shy of when Lycra was invented in 1959.
So she ended up knitting this mint green swimsuit out of cotton with her own two hands. So aside from being a prolific painter, she was a fashion designer too? Is there anything this amazing woman couldn't do?
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