Frida Kahlo’s Mother

On Friday I hiked to the Brooklyn Museum to see the “Frida Kahlo:  Appearances Can Be Deceiving” exhibit. I was thrilled to get up close to her clothing and accessories (yes, yes, she was an extraordinary painter, too.)  The exhibit was glorious.  Not a black legging and Canadian Goose jacket to be found.

Luckily, she died before Kondo-izing because Kahlo had a lot of stuff (and the world is better for it). Everything she wore was so vivid — the multi-tiered skirts.  The square cut blouses.  Those shawls (I’m definitely going to rethink how to wear a scarf.) Besotted with Kahlo’s style, the curator was kind enough to put her Revlon nail polish in its own vitrine.  Come on!  Is that not fabulous?

I cannot find any information on Frida Kahlo’s mother and I would like to know what she thought about her daughter’s exuberant albeit offbeat style.

(My mother hates the way I dress.)





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6 Comments to Frida Kahlo’s Mother

  1. Luisa's Gravatar Luisa
    February 22, 2019 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Wonderful sense of style, I just came from Mexico City and visited her house in Coyoacan. Great woman in every sense. Luisa

  2. February 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I love the way you dress!

  3. Laurel Armstrong's Gravatar Laurel Armstrong
    April 1, 2019 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Lovely to be close enough to explore that Kahlo exhibit – all those wonderful colours, patterns and choices that she made to create a sense of herself, for both public and private lives.
    And who was her mother – what a great question in terms of how a woman ‘dresses her self’, either moving far away from that parental influence or taking that influencer sensibility and spinning it to a woman’s own advantage.
    Now there’s a question worth exploring in future discussions I think.
    And I too enjoy the way you dress – creating your own personal style.

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