Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo

If you have a lifetime crush on Frida Kahlo now is the moment to fulfill your dreams and actually see some of her belongings like pieces of clothing, jewelry, make up and the defiantly red-leather-booted prosthetic leg, which were sealed in her house for more than 50 years. You can see all these treasures, being shown for the first time outside Mexico, at the V&A in London.

I think you already feel this is a huge privilege and Claire Wilcox, senior curator of fashion at the V&A confirms that this could be a once in a lifetime experience.

After her disappearance in 1954, at 47, her husband and long time lover, Diego Rivera locked up her belongings in a room and said it should not be opened until after his death. In the event, it was not opened until 2004, revealing a fascinating treasure trove of clothes, makeup, jewelry, medicines and other intimate possessions.

This is the real material evidence of the way Kahlo constructed her identity.” said Wilcox for The Guardian.

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The show will expose and puzzle up the little details of Frida’s life, and how she was so precise about them. As she did not get the easy life, Frida has sought power in her art, and has created beauty wherever her presence was.

She was taking control,” said Wilcox. “She was subjected to wearing these very uncomfortable corsets in order to support her back and I think she just wanted to take possession of them.”, says Wilcox for The Guardian.

Being Frida, it’s quite – if it’s possible – a joyful object. She has clad it in a bright red leather boot and had it embroidered and tied bells on to it. It is so powerful and it is very exciting that these objects were saved and they are coming to the V&A.” – Claire Wilcox

Some of Frida’s works of art:

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5 Interesting facts about Frida Kahlo:

1.Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón. The name Frieda comes from the German word Friede, which means peace. She dropped the from her name around 1935, and subsequently became known as Frida.

2.She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, but Kahlo portrayed them as tender and protective symbols.

3.The 1943 work sold for US$ 5.6 million in 2006.

4.Kahlo was bedridden during her first solo exhibition in Mexico. She spoke to attendees from a four-poster bed placed in the gallery.

5.Although Frida was married to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, their relationship was rocky. Both artists had affairs, and Frida had one with artist Josephine Baker. And remember, this was in the mid-1900s; having an affair with a woman was taboo. Frida has always been an unapologetic trailblazer!