“Appearances Can Be Deceiving” Exhibit Displays Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe

by Tess Duncan

The iconic artist’s clothing has been locked away for almost 60 years, first under the guard of Kahlo’s husband Diego Rivera and later of close friend Dolores Olmedo. After Olmedo passed away in 2004, the Mexican painter’s wardrobe was finally released for the first time in decades.

Frida Kahlo is widely known for her striking self-portraits and the influence of her Mexican heritage in her paintings. Her wardrobe also demonstrates her appreciation of Mexican culture, as the exhibit holds many of her long skirts and corsetry. One can find about 300 different pieces inside the museum, many of which are still paint stained and smell of Kahlo’s perfume and cigarettes.


The exhibition, “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,” is located in Kahlo’s museum and former home, La Casa Azul, in Mexico City. If you’re not in the area, never fear! You’ll have the chance to sniff Kahlo cigarette smoke at Museo Frida Kahlo until November 22nd, 2013!

Photos via MessyNessyChic.com, WikiSpaces.com, IntercontinentalGardener.com, Swide.com.

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