Frida Kahlo's secret wardrobe revealed

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 hand painted corsets. Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako is at Michael Hoppen gallery, London SW3, from 14 May to 12 July.

#34 Kahlo’s fringed boots, the right one with a stacked heel

#34 Kahlo’s fringed boots, the right one with a stacked heel

It's amazing to see Frida's personal items. The more elaborate her dress was, the more pain she was in. Her sickness and art were perfectly intermingled with one another as can be seen in her painted body casts and her beautiful prosthetic leg she painted red with tiny gold bells. Which brings to mind that Frida was the first woman to foray into fashionable prosthetics that are so popular right now from Alexaner Mcqueen's carven wooden leg for Aimee Mullins to the first amputee pop star, Latvian pop singer Viktoria

#50 Classic cats-eye glasses worn by Kahlo

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Classic cats-eye glasses worn by Kahlo

#2 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

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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

#53 The artist’s makeup compact

#53 The artist’s makeup compact

#23 After her bus accident, Kahlo was in a full body cast for three months, and she remained in pain for the rest of her life. She painted her casts and corsets, turning them from medical equipment into artworks

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After her bus accident, Kahlo was in a full body cast for three months, and she remained in pain for the rest of her life. She painted her casts and corsets, turning them from medical equipment into artworks

#27 Kahlo’s friends noted that the more pain she felt, and the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborate her outfits were

#27

Kahlo’s friends noted that the more pain she felt, and the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborate her outfits were

#36 Kahlo’s leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached

#36

Kahlo’s leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached

#3 One of the corsets worn by Kahlo

#3 One of the corsets worn by Kahlo

#15 A skirt of green silk and lace attached to a body corset

#15 A skirt of green silk and lace attached to a body corset