Frida Kahlo’s iconic sense of style has influenced fashion and colour for decades and a new photographic collection detailing Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings is currently on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako (2013) features items were which were sealed in a closed room in the artist’s former home, now Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, for nearly 50 years. When they were discovered Miyako was invited to photograph the artefacts – over 300 unseen relics of Kahlo’s life.
After contracting polio as a child, being involved in a near fatal bus accident and later having a leg amputated, Kahlo experienced damage to her lower body which she used clothing to conceal, using dress as form of armour.
Ishiuchi Miyako’s work shows an obsession with the traces left behind by individuals. In her earlier series Mother’s (2000-2005) she photographed previously worn garments, evoking the lives and memories of the people who wore them. She has shown a similar obsession with Kahlo; concentrating on details such as paint stains, stitching and places of wear and tear which leave the imprint of their owner.
All the images from the collection have been compiled into a beautiful book, documenting Kahlo’s clothing, shoes, gloves, jewellery, make up and other accessories. The images are simple but insightful, and show her unique character and love of colour.
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako is on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery until 12 July 2015.