When it was announced late last year that London’s Victoria and Museum (V&A) would stage a Frida Kahlo exhibition in June 2018, we circled it down as one must-see if we’re ever visiting the city around that time.
After all, the Mexican artist is one of fashion’s most compelling icons and inspirations. Then, it was revealed that Mexico-born, Singapore-based fashion academic Circe Henestrosa would be co-curating the show, and we were stoked. You know, +65 pride.
So we spoke to the effervescent Henestrosa for an exclusive interview in our Art Issue in January, touching on the topics like how Kahlo used fashion as a tool to assert her own identity and why fashion exhibitions are more relevant than ever.
Now, the V&A has shared details and a preview of the over 200 artefacts that we can expect at the show. Titled Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, this would be the first exhibition outside of Mexico to showcase her clothes, cosmetics and most intimate possessions, some of which have never been in public view before.
Among them are items like her jewellery, cosmetics and medical corsets (she suffered a major accident in 1925 which she never fully recovered from) that her artist husband Diego Rivera sealed in the wake of her death in 1954.
Here, we highlight some of the exhibits to check out.