More than six decades after her death, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe continues to inspire the fashion set
She loved colour – bold more often than muted – and held nothing back when it came to jewellery. Her thick black mane braided, and her bushy, wild brows (that monobrow) signature to her face. Flowers adorned her hair, embroidered blouses and lace-detail skirts shaped much of her aesthetic, and the devil was truly in the detail: bows, pink lips, chunky bracelets, red nails and a cigarette.
Mexico’s national treasure and one of the world’s most revered artists, Frida Kahlo, passed away aged 47 (in 1954), but her indelible mark remains on the worlds of art and fashion.
Her eclectic mix-and-clash approach continues to inspire designers the world over; from Dolce & Gabbana to Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Cushnie et Ochs, Kahlo’s duality of brash and beautiful remains an invitation for many to emulate and celebrate.
Salma Hayek brought her complex life to the big screen in Frida (in 2002), and Beyoncé channelled the artist for Halloween at Charlie Bird’s in New York in 2014 – blooms, butterflies, et al.
Fashion and art found a home within the artist, who was known to spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting her mood and look, hand-painting corsets and dresses, balancing her traditional Mexican roots with European influences.
From 16 June 2018, fashion and art fans alike are set to explore her life through her wardrobe at the yet unnamed exhibition. The wardrobe is set to offer a new perspective on the artist’s complex and extraordinary life. The collection, never before exhibited outside of Kahlo’s native Mexico, includes clothing, personal artefacts, jewellery and letters. The exhibition runs until 4 November 2018.