The Style of Frida Kahlo at the V&A Museum

The Style of Frida Kahlo at the V&A Museum
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For the first time on display outside of Mexico, the extraordinary collection of clothing, jewellery and personal objects of Frida Kahlo, discovered only in 2004 in the rooms of Casa Azul, the painter’s home. Among the most-beloved artists of the 1900s, Frida made history along with her multicoloured shawls and flowing skirts, with her pre-Columbian necklaces and the fiery shades of her lipstick - characteristics of this icon whose popularity shows no sign of waning. In the halls of the Victoria and Albert Museum, we find them all placed next to self-portraits and photos, retracing a unique and intense existence. Her childhood, the fatal accident, politics and love, her friendship with Leon Trotsky, as well as that with Tina Modotti are part of this tale, along with Frida’s passion for revolutionary Mexico and for her mixed origins, which she tried to highlight in her style. Among these cult objects, the necklaces of hard stones created by the artist, the pencil used to highlight her legendary eyebrows, and, above all, the sanitary corsets with her detailed painting, testimony of an art lived intimately, all her own, even in transforming the signs of her disease.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London