“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” – Frida Kahlo

Very few people leave an impression on the world like Frida Kahlo, her art, her wisdom and her instantly recognisable style. Frida: Making Herself Up is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display clothes and personal possessions from  the much celebrated Mexican artist. This collection includes items discovered  in the Blue House, Kahlo’s home until her death in 1954, which remained hidden until 2004  and offer a unique and intimate look into her compelling life story.

Much of Kahlo’s signature style came from the pride she had in her cultural heritage, the intricate embroidery and bold colours being synonymous with traditional Mexican garments. Items in the collection range from traditional headdresses as seen in her self portraits, to the ebony eyebrow pencil used to accentuate her eyebrows.

Visiting the exhibition, you understand why Kahlo was such an extraordinary figure, and feminist icon, who never shied away from using fashion as a means of expression and empowerment.

 

Kahlos style is still recognisable  today, with her use of flowers and love of colour remaining perpetually current in fashion today. We’ve gathered together some of our Frida inspired vintage pieces.

Frida:Making Herself Up runs until 4th November in the Victoria and Albert Museum,Kensington. Tickets are available here