Frida Kahlo: Making herself up
There is Frida Kahlo fever hitting London at the moment and London has never looked so beautiful through all the flamboyant colours that are draped over her.
At the Victoria & Albert Museum currently is a fantastic exhibition about the life of Frida Kahlo. If you don’t know much about Frida Kahlo she was an artist from Mexico in the early 20th Century; her paintings where iconic using rich vivid colours that expressed her heritage as a Mexican, the nature she lived in and the traditional folk life she was from The Tehuana, but what made her artwork so iconic was that they were mostly made up of self portraits that expressed her true self. From her childhood life with her family as well as suffering from Polio, the pain of the bus accident that would cause many life long issues such as making her unable to walk most of the time to destroying her womb which lead to her never being able to have the child she wanted so much. She expressed her undying love for Mexican Muralist Diego Riveria showing the turbulent relationship they had. You are able to feel her raw self those her artwork.
During the exhibition you are able to discover items from her life that have never been outside of Mexico… from traditional shawls and fabrics from the Tehuana traditional dress to photographs from her childhood growing up with her family, some of her jewellery that is beautifully Mexican and even has paint left over on the beads, personal possessions from her life, you will get to see some of her vivid artworks but most importantly you get to she those iconic dresses from her painting, from photographs of her and her life in Mexico.
These are some of the most vivid, detailed, preserved garments I have ever seen in my life. It gave me such an insight to this passionate, bold, strong woman from Mexico. She loved the home she was from, proudly showcasing Mexico to the world and would have done anything it, I believe this was her greatest love as it kept her company as she was bound to a wheelcase in her courtyard studio or she day-dreamed of it when she lay in bed looking up at the mirror which allowed her to paint her portraits.
Iconic moments to see during your trip is Frida’s Plaster Corsets she wore during the pain and where her canvas. Her prosthetic leg with the finest red silk shoes. Make sure you pause to admire every part of detail in her beautiful costumes from Mexico.
Her role in society for women is forever changing; nowadays she is a powerful feminism we admire. She is strong, a passionate lover, beautiful, pushed the boundaries during her time, she was political, an activist, a wonderful artist…. the list is long and each person has their own interpretation of what Frida Kahlo means to them. She today inspires the best of the best from Jean Paul Gaultier to stylist for Fashion Photography to Jewellery in the shop to Halloween Costumes to being painted on Denim Jackets right through to me where I want to wear traditional Mexican Dress and have flowers in my hair.
She is one of the symbolism of feminism for the generation we are in now as everyone has a role for her in there lives.
I admire her for wearing her heart on her sleeve, for sharing her pain with the world and be honest about her life. Not only does she drape herself in beautiful costumes that showcase her heritage but she show to be the truest pure beauty of a woman.
Frida Kahlo: Making herself up is sadly sold out (which I am not surprised) but if you arrive at the Victoria & Albert Museum early enough before 10am to join the queue waiting outside you will be able to buy a ticket on a first come, first served basis. This is a experience you do not what to miss out on at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
It is only on for a limited time; 16 June - 4 November 2018.
If you miss out on this exhibit the V&A Museum has produced a fantastic book about the experience as well as going into wonderful detail about her life and her influences she had and how she influences us in the 21st Century.
“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” – Frida Kahlo