Thursday, January 17

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo

The next exhibit I am dying to see is 'Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,' on display in Mexico city at the former home of Frida Kahlo, Casa Azul; her wardrobe is presented alongside some of the designs that her iconic style inspired, by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Riccardo Tisci. The exhibit required extensive restoration of the items on display; restoration that was paid for largely in part by Vogue, who featured her as a fashion icon in 1937 and again in November 2012 to discuss the exhibit.
There is a large display of the traditionally lavish Tehuantepec style dresses and skirts that Frida made famous; complete with paint stains and tobacco scent.
Frida's ornate silver jewelry and brightly colored accessories abound, revealing Frida's distinct sense of style and identity. "She had a tremendous self-confidence,” Alejandra Lopez, art restorer for the painter's home, told the Associated Press. “She was convinced that what she wore displayed who she was inside."
Her iconic torso braces, leg immobilizers, and prostheses are all on display as well. They have to be after all; so many of her painting focus on the pain caused by these items, but at the same time they are just as ornate as the rest of her accessories.
Seriously, this is a spectacular addition to the Casa Azul, and I hope I get to go to Mexico City to see this some day.

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