Casa Azul, the former home of Frida Kahlo now a museum dedicated to her life and work, recently opened Kahlo’s closet which had remained locked since her death in 1954. A waft of perfume and cigarette smoke greeted the museum director as over 300 personal items–clothing, shoes, photos, medication, jewelry, and love letters–were revealed. Diego Rivera locked Kahlo’s closet immediately after her death to keep her belongings from being mishandled. After Rivera’s death in 1957 he entrusted a friend to keep the closet closed for an additional fifteen years. Dolores Olmedo, charged with the task of protecting the closet’s contents, decided to keep it locked for the rest of her life. Several years after Olmedo’s death it was time to open the closet.
Kahlo’s personal items are now on display at the museum. The exhibit, Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo, will run through Novemeber 2013. The exhibits will revolve every five months to allow more of Kahlo’s personal effects to be on view in the tiny museum.
Curator, Circe Henestrosa, identifies disability and ethnicity as prominent themes in the exhibit. Read more here.
Vogue Mexico collaborated with the museum in order to highlight the influence Kahlo’s art and fashion have on modern design. Several artists and designers including: Dai Rees, Angelo Seminara, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garçon, and Riccardo Tisci provided pieces for the exhibit.
If you find yourself in Mexico City this year be sure to get trapped in Frida Kahlo’s closet!