Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

16 June – 4 November 2018

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

Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Red and Gold Dress, 1941

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.


We caught up with fashion designer Sadie Clayton after her visit to Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up. She talked to us about her passion for Kahlo and why this is one of the must-see exhibitions of the summer.

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Daily, 10am – 5.45pm (Fri until 10pm)

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