Last year I wrote a post about the incredible style of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. You can imagine, then, how exciting it was to find out that clothes from her own wardrobe have just gone on display in a new exhibition celebrating her unique style. And how disappointing to find that it is at the Frida Kahlo museum in Mexico, and I have no chance of ever seeing it.
Ah well, c’est la vie! (or as I should really say, es la vida). The exhibition is being sponsored by Vogue Mexico, and I fortunately founds images of some of the exhibited outfits on the magazine website.
It took this long for her wardrobe to become public due to Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera. When Frida died Diego locked all her clothes away, afraid that they would be mishandled and destroyed. He died himself only three years later, and left the locked wardrobe to a friend with instructions that it should not be opened until at least 15 years after his death. She followed his wishes and then some, deciding in fact not to allow the closet to be opened until after her own death, which came in 2002.
The museum is a small one so not all of the clothes can be on display at once, but apparently the curators plan to rotate parts of the exhibit as time goes on.
Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo is on show at the Frida Kahlo museum until November, and if you get the chance to see it you are a very lucky person indeed.