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.
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.