One of the most famous Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo, left a trade mark on the world with her art, expression of political positions, and vibrant personality when she passed away in 1954. But not everybody knows that she also left her unique collect of clothes, which were revealed to the public once again after being locked away for nearly 50 years.
Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera, was left with an impressive wardrobe of his wife, which he decided to seal in the bathroom of their Mexico City home, and ordered to keep them hidden away until 15 years after his death. He passed away soon after in 1957, but Kahlo’s belongings were left locked until 2004 when the museum decided to catalog its content.
The photographer who got the privilege to immortalize over 300 of Frida’s wardrobe items was the renowned Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, who did the job using only a 35 mm Nikon camera and a natural light.
Kahlos leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a buzzer attached.
Kahlos friends noted that the more ache she felt, and the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborated her outfits were.
Kahlos right leg was thinner than her left after childhood poliomyelitis and it was later fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20 s. As a outcome, she wore long, traditional Tehuana garments that concealed her lower body.
After her bus accident, Kahlo was in a full body casting for three months, and she remained in pain for the rest of her life. She painted her castings and corsets, turning them from medical equipment into artworks