Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe had been locked away for exactly 50 years, and its wonders haven’t been revealed until 2004, 15 years after the death of Frida’s husband and lifelong torment Diego Rivera. It had been Rivera himself to demand, after his wife’s death in 1954, that all her dresses and accessories be kept away from curious eyes until 15 years from his death had passed.
Ishiuchi Miyako’s photographs of Frida Kahlo’s very personal items will be soon presented at the Michael Hoppen gallery in London (14 May – 12 July), and we give you a little preview.
Frida’s dresses were due to more than a love for flashy colors. Afflicted by physical problems her whole life, Kahlo used long dresses to hide her damaged leg. On the right, her personal makeup case.
Frida’s awesome sunglasses.
Swimming suit and nail polish.
Frida Kahlo’s pink booties.
Another of her complicated yet colorful dresses and the full-body cast Frida had to wear after the accident that would have left her in pain her whole life. She decided to make the best out of it painting it.
Frida designed her own prosthetic leg after her real leg had to be amputated. In the middle, Frida’s corset and, on the right, a silk skirt.