An Intimate Look into the Life (and Closet) of Frida Kahlo
While in Mexico City recently, I was invited by Vogue México to the Frida Kahlo Museum to view an exhibition of Kahlo’s wardrobe, which they sponsored, entitled Appearances Can Be Deceiving. This is the first time since Frida’s death that her clothing and private items have been on display, as Diego Rivera instructed a close friend to keep everything locked away just before he died.
The exhibition is fascinating. Three hundred items—from skirts, shoes, and wonderfully weird and surprisingly modern-feeling jewelry to prosthetic items that Frida decorated with her drawings—sit alongside pieces from current designers such as Riccardo Tisci, Comme Des Garçons, and Jean Paul Gaultier that were inspired by Frida’s style.
The exhibition is so inspiring and beautiful yet desperately sad; before I visited, I wasn’t aware of the extent of the medical problems and traumas that Frida lived with. To see how, through fashion, she created these wonderfully beautiful disguises for her physical imperfections was totally fascinating.
For more information, visit www.museofridakahlo.org.mx.
Photos: Courtesy of Kate Foley