MUSEO FRIDA KAHLO

THE DRESSES OF FRIDA KAHLO

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APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING: THE DRESSES OF FRIDA KAHLO SINCE NOVEMBER 2012

Curator: Circe Henestrosa Conoan

The exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The dresses of Frida Kahlo is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the artist’s wardrobe. This show presents an interpretation of Frida Kahlo through the dresses discovered in her bathroom at the Blue House in 2004. This exhibition explores the Mexican painter’s identity as expressed by the visual image she constructed, based on the garments she chose.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The dresses of Frida Kahlo proposes that her heritage and disability were two of the basic components that sustained the painter’s taste for traditional Mexican garb.

The rediscovery of Kahlo’s garments has placed her wardrobe at the center of contemporary fashion debate. Frida’s style has inspired international designers such as Riccardo Tisci, or Jean-Paul Gaultier. The latter based his 1998 spring-summer collection, titled Tribute to Frida Kahlo, on the artist’s wardrobe. Today, Frida Kahlo continues to act as a source of inspiration to designers, building a bridge between past and present.

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A metallic prosthesis for the right leg, lined with leather inside, and a red leather boot with red grosgrain ribbon and embroidered in silk thread with Chinese motifs. Two metallic bells may be noted hanging from a salmon-colored ribbon.

A metallic prosthesis for the right leg, lined with leather inside, and a red leather boot with red grosgrain ribbon and embroidered in silk thread with Chinese motifs. Two metallic bells may be noted hanging from a salmon-colored ribbon.

These corsets were modeled with plaster and bandages on the body of the patient. Since they are handmade pieces, several hours were required to make them. It has friction buckles and seams made by hand with the method known as "pita", which consists of a hemp thread that is passed through a piece of wax to make it more resistant.

These corsets were modeled with plaster and bandages on the body of the patient. Since they are handmade pieces, several hours were required to make them. It has friction buckles and seams made by hand with the method known as "pita", which consists of a hemp thread that is passed through a piece of wax to make it more resistant.

ABOVE, LEFT: Headband with motives of castilla roses in aluminum and green cloth sheets.

ABOVE, RIGHT: Right boot in red leather with red “popotillo” lanyard and Chinese motifs in randa embroidered with silk thread. It has a blue velvet silk ribbon from which a metallic rattle hangs.

DOWN RIGHT: Chalchihuitl prehispanic carved and polished jadeite. Presents beads with different types of green stone.

ABOVE, LEFT: Headband with motives of castilla roses in aluminum and green cloth sheets.

ABOVE, RIGHT: Right boot in red leather with red “popotillo” lanyard and Chinese motifs in randa embroidered with silk thread. It has a blue velvet silk ribbon from which a metallic rattle hangs.

DOWN RIGHT: Chalchihuitl prehispanic carved and polished jadeite. Presents beads with different types of green stone.

Left shoe with black suede and wide heel with black silk lace.

Right shoe in black suede and wide heel with black silk lace. An intentional opening is observed at the tip.

Left shoe with black suede and wide heel with black silk lace.

Right shoe in black suede and wide heel with black silk lace. An intentional opening is observed at the tip.

Tanned natural leather corset and waxed cotton, constructed from a flat pattern and hand-molded by boiling the leather (cuir bouilli), 2012.

Tanned natural leather corset and waxed cotton, constructed from a flat pattern and hand-molded by boiling the leather (cuir bouilli), 2012.

Gold choker set with links of frosted thread, probably from Campeche or Yucatan. Presents pre-Hispanic zoomorphic figure (probably bat / Colombia).

Geometric dispensary with application of flowers and river pearl, Colombia.

Gold torsal set with links of frosted thread and dispensary with floral representations and applications of river pearls. Piece of Oaxaca, 1932.

Gold choker set with links of frosted thread, probably from Campeche or Yucatan. Presents pre-Hispanic zoomorphic figure (probably bat / Colombia).

Geometric dispensary with application of flowers and river pearl, Colombia.

Gold torsal set with links of frosted thread and dispensary with floral representations and applications of river pearls. Piece of Oaxaca, 1932.

Las Pecas: an orthopedic corset with salmon-colored ribbons, mounted over a short dress featuring nude-colored silk flounces with brown dots. Spring–Summer collection, 2004.

Las Pecas: an orthopedic corset with salmon-colored ribbons, mounted over a short dress featuring nude-colored silk flounces with brown dots. Spring–Summer collection, 2004.

Haute couture by Riccardo Tisci

Los Angelitos: a long dress in bone-colored tulle embroidered with appliqués of lace and adorned with hand-braided Georgette silk, a tulle leotard embroidered with skin-colored extensions and appliqués of lace adorned with hand-braided Georgette silk, and a goatskin jacket, also braided by hand. Autumn–Winter collection, 2010.

Haute couture by Riccardo Tisci

Los Angelitos: a long dress in bone-colored tulle embroidered with appliqués of lace and adorned with hand-braided Georgette silk, a tulle leotard embroidered with skin-colored extensions and appliqués of lace adorned with hand-braided Georgette silk, and a goatskin jacket, also braided by hand. Autumn–Winter collection, 2010.

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