This is a beautiful book about the finding and restoration of Frida Kahlo's Clothes.She was unique and not only was her work both stunning and horrifying but her personal appearance was an work of art in itself.
Here is a little taste of the look she created for herself. She lived with the artist Diego Rivera in The Casa Azul in Mexico.She sustained terrible injuries in a road accident and suffered horribly all her life from the aftermath of this . However she was a determined and courageous woman who left her mark in art and fashion. She and Diego were commited Communists at a time when it seemed the only hope for the poor and suffering of the world.
She was desperate to have a child but her injuries caused her to miscarry.
This lace dress is exquisite
These are small bags in Mexican designs.
She used delicate enbroidery and bold contrasting colours and fabrics to create her own style.
Frida suffered from her injururies and had to wear some horrific corsets and trappings.
She was confined to her bed for long periods and her bedroom was therefore a special place for her.She woul entertain her friends there and read.
Here are some more images , the skill and fine needle craft that went into these creations is astounding.
I hope this post will inspire you to look at Frida Kahlo's work and perhaps visit her Casa Azul in Mexico which is open to the public and where you can see these wonderfully restored clothes.The use of folk art is especially fascinating and tied in with Frida's politics because the skill is that of the people and an expression of the Mexican identity.
Another one of the inspiring women that will crop up on my blog!!!!!