Frida Kahlo

This week the Guardian came with the very exciting news that it’s now possible to see what Frida Kahlo wore during her life. After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents. Here are the artists’ beloved belongings, from sunglasses to handpainted corsets. The photographs made by Miyako are now being exhibited from the 15th of may till the 12th of july at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. Here are a few examples, more photographs can be found here .

Frida Kahlo sunglasses


Kahlo’s right leg was thinner than her left after childhood polio – and it was later fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20s. As a result, she wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses that concealed her lower body (source: the Guardian).




Original vintage Tehuana dresses like Frida wore are difficult to find. I did however found the funky blue dress at Recollectvint. Second dress from: LoneWolfeVintage. Vintage print with chilipeppers from: WildWildernessPhotos and Cactus print from: CastafioreOldPrints.


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