News__ Frida Kahlo’s Closet

April 12, 2013 | By

Bold and beautiful

Any woman fierce enough to pull off a unibrow, flower crowns, and mis-matched prints deserves a little sartorial recognition. Frida Kahlo, famous Mexican painter and all-around badass, lives on through her clothes in the exhibit Appearances Can Be Deceiving. Nearly sixty years after her death, the artist’s brightly colored wardrobe, which had since been locked up in trunks, is finally being put on display for all to see. The dresses, which will be on rotation in the artist’s former home until November 22, are said to still smell of perfume and cigarette smoke (though museum officials probably forbid up-close sniffing).

Surviving childhood polio and a violent road accident, the artist was left disfigured for the rest of her life. Kahlo’s long, vibrantly hued dresses were her way to celebrate life and beauty despite painful scars.

Check out some of Frida Kahlo's colorful dresses, along with a video from the exhibit's curator below.

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