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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

16 Jun - 4 Nov 2018
10am-5.45pm daily

Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)
Cromwell Road


A unique opportunity to view the personal clothing and artefacts of iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo died in 1954, aged 47, in the Blue House where she had been born and lived. Her husband, the celebrated muralist, Diego Rivera, shut up all her possessions inside the house and they remained there untouched for 50 years.

In 2004, the cupboards were opened for the first time, revealing a fascinating collection of clothing and personal effects which has enriched our understanding of Kahlo’s life and work.

As well as medical corsets, jewellery, accessories, photographs and letters, many of her distinctive Tehuana outfits were discovered, which she wore as a political statement. They are on display for the first time outside of Mexico, alongside self-portraits featuring many of the costumes on show.

With such a plethora of unseen artefacts – from Kahlo's prosthetic leg with leather boot to a hand-decorated plaster corset – this exhibition offers a fresh perspective on this iconic artist's compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings.