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“Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up”: on show the style and the wardrobe of the artist

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has opened its halls to tell the most intimate and personal world of Frida Kahlo, one of the most controversial and appreciated women in the history of contemporary art.

"Making Her Self Up" is the title of the great exhibition, for the first time outside Mexico and scheduled until November 4, focused not only on art but also on the beauty and fashion side of the artist.

It is a trip behind the scenes that collects 200 pieces from Casa Azul, the home inhabited by Frida Kahlo, which showcases in addition to Mexican costumes, paintings, letters and thousands of photographs taken by Man Ray, even the jewelry, make-up, drugs and orthopedic prostheses decorated as works of art, to reproduce a real portrait.

Highlight of "Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up" is the selection of cosmetics owned by her since 1954 and perfectly preserved by her husband and artist Diego Rivera, including eyebrow pencil, orange lipstick and rosy blush, all signed Revlon : testimony not only of his creative life but also of his beauty routine.

On show also his hand-painted corsets and orthopedic devices which he was forced to use because of his physical disability, an aspect that certainly also influenced his sartorial choices, while not giving up the class, the bright colors and especially the creation of a personal style that has gone beyond the epochs becoming a legend.

Behind the artistic personality of the feminist and nonconformist spirit there is in fact hidden a true style icon. Its uniqueness and femininity have allowed it to become a real source of inspiration for world-renowned designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti and Dolce & Gabbana.

The exhibition offers an unusual perspective to discover the private life of Frida Kahlo, a woman who has managed to leave her mark not only for what made her famous in the world, her art, but also for her style unique and iconic so much above fashion, to influence fashion itself until today.