Frida Kahlo, a walking circus

Posted on: January 4th, 2014 by Mr Roaming 3 Comments

Wish you all a swanky 2014. I started the year combining art and fashion by visiting the museum of Frida Kahlo in Mexico City. It’s the house where she used to live with Diego Rivera.

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Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, as her name appears on her birth certificate, was born on July 6, 1907 in her parents’ house, known as La Casa Azu

Saint, muse, lover, mistress, bisexual, victim, survivor. Frida is the very model of the bohemian artist: unique, rebellious, and contradictory, a cult figure revered by feminists, artists, fashion designers and pop culture alike. Take a look at some pictures I took of her clothes and signature looks displayed at her house and museum in Mexico City.

“Appearances can be deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,” an exhibition focusing on the inspiring fashion of the Surrealist self-portraitist

“Appearances can be deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,” an exhibition focusing on the inspiring fashion of the Surrealist self-portraitist

Writer Carlos Fuentes described how Frida’s arrival at the Palacio de Bellas Artes would be announced by the sound of her jewelry.

Writer Carlos Fuentes described how Frida’s arrival at the Palacio de Bellas Artes would be announced by the sound of her jewelry

Her wardrobe is mostly composed of Mexican traditional pieces from Oaxaca and other parts of the country. Nonetheless, there are also ethnic garments from Guatemala and China, as well as an interesting collection of European and American blouses.

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Incredibly fun and unique sense of style

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Frida’s style – all the appropriate elements of an icon

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Combination of fashion and art

On the streets, children would ask her “Where is the circus?” and she would smile graciously and continue walking.

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October 1937 marked a major step for Frida’s future influence in the fashion world, when Vogue featured her for the first time in the pages of the magazine

‘Appearances Can be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo” is currently being exhibited at Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.

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Frida’s favorite colors: red, green, blue, black and white

“You take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” Frida Kahlo, 1946.

 

3 Responses

  1. […] is considered one of the best surrealist painters of America. A visit to her Blue House and Museum where she grew up and lived with Diego Rivera, is certainly worthwhile. The visitor will have the […]

  2. jayson says:

    Frida! Unfortunately the house exhibit does not do her body of work justice. But it’s still a worthwhile visit. Your images bring it to life Mr. Roaming. Great job!

  3. DD says:

    A wonderful person who really has inspired a generation. Too bad she was brutally portrayed in that film. I should visit her residence in DF.

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