Making Her Self Up

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I celebrated International Womens Day by booking tickets to The V & A Museum in London and the future Making Her Self Up exhibition that will open on the 16th of June, 2018.

  A selection of native Tehuana looks on view at the Museo Frida Kahlo exhibition. Photo by Miguel Tovar.

A selection of native Tehuana looks on view at the Museo Frida Kahlo exhibition. Photo by Miguel Tovar.

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 Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, c.1941

Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, c.1941

Here Frida Kahlo's personal belongings and clothing will be shown for the first time outside Mexico after having been locked away for 50 years after her death in 1954. Diego Rivera kept Frida Kahlo's wardrobe intact after her death. Before his own passing in 1957 he instructed their friend Dolores Olmedo to keep the wardrobe safe and they were kept private until her death in 2002. 

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I saw the  exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo in 2015 at the Museo Frida Kahlo. Here her costumes, corsets and personal objects was exhibited for the first time. I realized in person, how she used her wardrobe as an armor and a weapon as they communicated her reality and offered her protection at the same time.

 Juan Guzmán, 'Frida Kahlo in hospital bed holding mirror', c1950s

Juan Guzmán, 'Frida Kahlo in hospital bed holding mirror', c1950s

Frida Kahlo painted her personal struggle in a male dominated art world in her time and had her body serving as a battlefield and a lifelong artistic well. While her physical struggle was real, it was also the fuel of her imagination and her artworks that transcended the physical world and her own lifetime. 

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I recommend booking a ticket to see her wardrobe brought to life at the V & A this summer in London. 

Making Her Self Up at V & A London

Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City