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Frida Kahlo and fashion. Stylists and runways inspired by Frida's style, art and colourful dresses.

15 May 2024 - Paloma Lamona photo series

Paloma LaMona is a drag artist, designer and current Ultimate Diva of NYC. She was crowned Miss Hornitos 2022, and loves creating looks that reflect her Mexican culture. Through a combination of fashion, art, and self-discovery, her photo series delves into the profound impact of Frida Kahlo's legacy while speaking to the common experiences of Mexican womanhood.

In the article published by the Out review on May 15th, "How I found my freedom in Frida Kahlo's fashion"  Paloma Lamona writes: "I've always had a contentious relationship with Frida Kahlo....When beginning this project, I wanted to do so with the utmost respect in investigating the nuances of Frida's life and style while also being careful not to place her on a pedestal of untouchability. This series seeks to embody the material impact of Frida's legacy, such as her paintings and specific pieces of her wardrobe, to explore ideas of transition, rebirth, pain, beauty, sorrow, and solemn joy...

The original conception of this series coincided with the beginning of my medical transition. That was an intentional choice. There is a raw honesty I wanted to imbue into this entire experience. I spent many nights combing through Frida's work and being overwhelmed by the sheer intensity of her lifelong struggle with pain — both physical and emotional. 

The complete article and other images here.

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SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2024 Collection: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya from Thailand draws inspiration from Frida and from Mexican colours and atmosphere

Two figures from different worlds, cultures, and lives share a passion that is embraced by a whirlwind of colors, lines, and shapes. From the vastness of Mexico to Bangkok, the two artists are connected by their shared love of painting and art, which stems from the alluring vision of HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya and the enchanting spirit of Frida Kahlo.

The founder and creative director breathes life into Frida's designs, in particular, through the motifs of skeletons and hearts. It is here that shapes and proportions become canvases to convey messages and share thoughts and emotions. Transcending the pain from Frida's portraits, the designer wanted to express only love.

In order to trace the transmission of ideas through different times and cultures, references are fragmented and reconstructed into sculptural silhouettes that combine graphic lines and feminine curves with a brightly coloured folk style, all adorned with works of art by the Princess. While a kaleidoscope of different hues showcases sartorial craftsmanship, original embroideries are punctuated with painstaking craftsmanship and couture-like accessories complete the looks.

Balancing contrast and harmony, the silhouettes play with elegant tops and voluminous skirts, reminiscent of Frida's favourite Tehuana custom, combined with elongated sheath shapes that display the designer's motifs: the iconic skeletons and hearts. These styles create a surreal rhythm, while sculptural draping is reinterpreted as a new melody.

The IRIS jacket, an emblematic piece of the SIRIVANANVARI Maison, is revisited with a mid-length design inspired by Frida's corset with the addition of pleats to volumise the hips before blossoming into surprising corollas.

 

Details and images here.

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Christian Dior 2024 Cruise Collection: a tribute to Frida Kahlo by Maria Grazia Chiuri - Mexico City - 20 May 2023

Dior revealed its 2024 Cruise Collection as the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso's arches lit up, showcasing the museum's Mexican legacy through its designs.

The historic location for the exhibition was chosen thanks to its connections to Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who served as the inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri's most recent show. 

Kahlo was honored throughout the collection, which was mostly characterized by silk lace and complex jacquards, especially for how she used clothes as a platform for protest, declaration, and affirmation.

This might be seen in the use of metamorphosed pieces, such as the incorporation of butterfly and cocooning silhouettes into prints and corsetry.

Over black velvet, large collars made of heavy silk or cotton were draped, and vibrant embroidery added another nod to traditional Mexican craftsmanship.

Chiuri collaborated with local craftspeople to design the collection, resulting in a range of dresses and shirts that were intended to tell a tale of femininity entwined with the natural world.

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Dior realized a documentary of the event at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, titled "Metamormophosis".
Dior's one-hour documentary is a tribute to Frida Khalo, as well as some details of the collection itself.

The narrating voices are mainly two: Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior's creative director, and Circe Henestrosa, an expert on Frida Khalo and Mexican craftsmanship. Chiuri entrusted her with the task of selecting a number of artisans to collaborate with her on the creation of the Cruise 2024 collection, which took place in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.

The first part of Dior's documentary focuses on the painter, dwelling on the physical defect that marked her since childhood: Frida Khalo had one leg shorter than the other due to the polio she had at an early age. The woman, who did not want to be noticed for this, began to wear very long skirts, which covered her legs in their entirety. It is from this that the documentary takes its title ‘Metamorphosis’.

It is explained how the painter wore these long skirts combined with a cotton blouse adorned with embroidery, forming the so-called Tehuana dresses, an assemblage of the two separate garments.

More info at this link. 

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FRIDA collection by renowned Indian designer Nandita Basu is on sale in the Pink Fort website, 11 January 2023

 

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A new fashion book dedicated to Frida: "Frida: Style Icon. A Celebration of the Remarkable Style of Frida Kahlo " by Charlie Collins, July 12, 2022

Frida: Style Icon charts Frida's fashion evolution through 50 beautifully illustrated style moments including pieces from her famous wardrobe, her most iconic looks and her own special kind of styling.

From embroidered blouses and traditional Tehuana dresses to indigenous treasures and jewelry strung by Frida herself, this book showcases how Frida used her style as a means of personal and political expression. Her wardrobe includes examples of traditional Mexican dress—rebozos (fringed shawls), embroidered huipiles (square-cut tops), enaguas (skirts) and holanes (flounces), as well as a series of hand-painted medical corsets and supportive back-braces which also illuminate the story of her near-fatal bus crash at the age of 18.

Illustrations  by Camilla Perkins.

    

 Other pictures from the book at this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Frida Kahlo:POSE" at the Rose Art Museum - Brandeis University, MA (US)

25 June 2021 | 19 December 2021

This exhibition shows paintings, works on paper, ephemera, rare film footage, and photographs spanning Frida Kahlo's entire life. Organized in five overlapping sections - Posing; Composing; Exposing; Queering and Self-Fashioning - the show highlights the profound and creative interplay between photography, fashion, art, and the construction of identities within Kahlo's multidimensional oeuvre.

 "Posing for photographs, not painting, was Frida Kahlo's first form of self-expression. Her doting father, Wilhelm (Guillermo) Kahlo, was her first photographer. As soon as she could sit up, he cultivated her propensity to perform in front of the camera," explained Gannit Ankori and Circe Henestrosa, the show's curators.

For detail follow this link.

Click here for a YouTube video with an interview with Gannit Ankori, Director of The Rose Art Museum on how Frida Kahlo's signature style honored her heritage and queer identity.

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VOGUE A photo story of Frida Kahlo's Style on the Catwalk

2/02/2018 Check out here the VOGUE gallery dedicated to Frida Khalo-inspired runway  looks created on the occasion of the exhibition Frida Kahlo. Oltre il mito  (MUDEC Museum Milan).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giada Curti Resort "Frida Kahlo" Collection - Bridal Spring/Summer 2017 - Milan

27/05/2017 Mysterious, intense and fascinatng, the new collection of Giada Curti shines with a thousand shades: the glittering colours of the dresses recall an ethnic-bohemian style emphasized by the glittery accessory with tassels, fringes and feathers helping to make each creation even more sublime.

Charming precious laces mix with stripes and flower prints, merging into a fanciful game of unusual and almost surrealistic overlays.

From here the name of Frida: Giada Curti is inspired by Frida Kahlo, a woman of immense talent and a strong and indipendent character.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creatures of comfort , by Jade Lai 2017

Jade Lai, the creative director of Creatures of Comfort, began her journey in Mexico City. She was inspired by the vibrant Modernist architecture, vibrant local art scene, and friendly locals during her first visit to the capital during the summer. Frida Kahlo, whose portraits were all over Lai's mood board for the season, served as the inspiration for her boldly feminine sensibility and festive folk art references found in her spring collection. A few of Lai's harness-inspired outfits were influenced by an oil painting of Kahlo's "The Broken Column," which shows her topless in a white harness following spinal surgery around 1944. In other places, Kahlo's face was embroidered on a black denim jacket.

Pictures at top right.

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A new book on Frida and Fashion, "Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being" 2016

21/03/2016 "Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being" by Susana Martinez Vidal (Assouline, 10 March 2016) is a vibrant tribute to Frida Kahlo’s bold character, style, and art, a fascinating journey reflecting the kaleidoscopic ways Frida’s unique story and personality have been interpreted and adapted as few others in our time.

The luxury book publisher has once again selected Deepak Perwani's design from his 'Frida Kahlo goes to Kharadar' 2013 collection, but this time is for an international fashion book. Earlier, they featured its collection in a coffee table book on the legendary Mexican painter.

You will find more pictures of Perwani's 2013 collection at this website.

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More info and other pictures from the book at this link.

 Here an article from The Fashion Studies Journal.

 

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Osman Yousefzada's Spring-Summer 2016

Frida Kahlo’s art and personal style sprang to life on the Spring-Summer 2016 runway of Osman Yousefzada. Working from a love letter penned by the Mexican artist — “I ask you for violence, in the nonsense, and you, you give me grace, your light and your warmth” — the designer sent out a range of black-and-white pant suits, as well as colorful dresses with tiered ruffles and exaggerated silhouettes.

A long wrap skirt of rich crimson duchesse satin was paired simply with a wide-brimmed hat and a swathe of black paint brushed over the model’s breasts. Some looks featured a colorful ikat print of orange and blue that recalled Kahlo’s folk art pieces, while waxed silk ensembles with large daubs of red, yellow and blue paint were slightly more generically artsy. (Taken from BlouinArtInfo)

Check out FirstView website for more images.

 

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Naeem Khan Spring 2016

Part of Khan Naeem Spring 2016 collection pays homage to Frida Kahlo, to her self-portraits and her admiration for Mexican cultural heritage. Attendees were urged to dress accordingly, complete with flower headdresses. His fascination with flowers blossomed during his trip to the Mediterranean, inspired by that idea. On the runway, gowns in shades of marigold, lilac, and bougainvillea pink were seen, and some of the most fashionable styles—such as a stunning caftan gown embellished with beaded flowers in lemon—were inspired by this trend.

Pictures at top right.

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Missoni Ready-To-Wear Spring 2015 

For spring at M Missoni, Angela Missoni drew from Frida Kahlo — her vibrant works as well as her homeland of Mexico.
Colorful crochet knits were the high note, showing up in everything from fit-and-flare dresses to halter tops to A-line skirts. There were also breezy jumpsuits worked in a toned-down gray-and-white combo, while a cropped version in blue and yellow looked youthful.

Check out WWD website for more images.

 

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Valentino 2015 Resort Collection, Rome 

Having referenced the work of several strong female characters in their time at Valentino, it’s no surprise that designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli edged the Mexican icon into the frame for resort. A vibrant sense of color and folkloric sensibility ran through the collection, from a diaphanous ruffled dress printed from head to toe in exotic hummingbirds to a suede minidress with a verdant motif that could have been swiped straight from the painter’s canvas.

Check out Vogue website  for more images and info.

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Alberta Ferretti S/S 2014 Collection, Rome

Its success growing season after season, until the last collection (spring-summer 2014 ), for which, the designer of Romagna, was inspired by Frida Kahlo and stylish Mexican tradition.

For the new collection the Italian designer was inspired by Frida Kahlo and from mexican fashion.

A fashion collection in white cotton, lace, flounces, brilliant flowers, black and big earrings, but without the drama of the Frida’s life and career.

- See more at: http://www.agoprime.it/alberta-ferretti-meets-frida-kahlo/#sthash.f9bx3aRI.dpuf

Alberta Ferretti's success is growing season after season, until the last collection (spring-summer 2014 ), when the Italian designer was inspired by Frida Kahlo and the Mexican tradition. A fashion collection in white cotton, lace, flounces, brilliant flowers, black and big earrings, but without the drama of the Frida’s life and career.

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Lena Hoschek  2013 S/S 2013 Collection, Berlin

Hoschek Spring Summer 2013 collection was a true Fiesta Mexicana and inspired by Frida and Mexico. Look at the skull makeup...

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Moschino S/S 2012 Collection, Milan

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Kenzo F/W 2011-2012 Collection, Paris

A Tribute to Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe

The invitation to the fashion show was a subtle reference to a Mexican celebration Los Dias de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, a festive day that honors the spirit of family ancestors. Designer Antonio Marras's collection was inspired by Mexico and the American southwest, and greatly influenced by Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeke's paintings and personal style. " The collection is about them," Marras told journalists after the show. You could see the dramatic styles of both women in the flowing dresses and skirts, some in oversized flower-print fabrics, and the voluminous outerwear. A magnificent collection of long skirts and flowing dresses in flower and paisley-print fabrics, men's jackets with beadwork, and black lace suits. A palette of colors of earth tone, dark brown, olive, mustard and deep bordeaux highlight the new season collection.   

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Raffaella Curiel S/S 2008 Collection, Rome

Raffaella Curiel presented her Spring-Summer 2008 high-fashion collection - deeply inspired by Frida - during the AltaRoma fashion week at Rome's Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.

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"Omaggio a Frida Kahlo e ai paesi Latino - Americani" di Raffaella Curiel

"Frida Kahlo, pittrice realista, uno dei personaggi più interessanti del XX secolo: vitale, irripetibile in ogni sua espressione ma soprattutto Donna sensibile ai problemi sociali e politici, studiosa delle Culture latino-americane, con un debole, forse, verso l’arte Precolombiana e Atzeca ma assolutamente rispettosa e pronta a sposare tutte le espressioni popolari, folcloristiche e tradizionali di quei Paesi; conscia nei confronti della sua sensualissima seppur delicata femminilità e instancabile nell’ inventare quotidianamente un suo personalissimo look, nonostante la malattia e il fisico spesso martoriato. Il piacere di ricomporsi i capelli con fogge diverse ora con nastri, rafia, fiori o foglie, o di adornarsi con gioie spesso da lei create sia con piccoli legni, boules dipinte, coralli o monili feticisti e archeologici, esaltava il suo costante, quasi ossessivo interesse per l’abbigliamento. Sperimentava poliedricamente diversi looks, dallo sfrontato divertimento a proporsi con capi maschili sino ad indossare alternativamente costumi folk di quei Paesi latino-americani così amati, quasi a voler esaltare tutte le esperienze delle sue origini composite, frutto di un’alchimia del Messico coloniale (Mestizo), India, Europea (il padre era tedesco) e barocca. A volte era così irrimediabilmente insoddisfatta da mostrarsi sempre come un caleidoscopio di emozioni estetiche e inusuali. Sempre fiera di incarnarsi eroina campanilista del suo Paese, arrivò a stupire gli amici Americani e Francesi presentandosi a New York e a Parigi vestita con costumi tradizionali delle donne Tehuane*, per essere, ancora una volta, vessillo dell’archetipo latino-americano, esplicitamente arcaico e simbolo di solidarietà nei confronti di quel mondo seppur ancora represso ma in fase di un forte e impreparato cambiamento dal punto di vista economico, politico e sociale. E’ stato un iter difficile e faticoso ma lo studio dedicato a questa Artista mi ha indicato un percorso pieno di fascino e tale da indurmi a dedicarle questa nuova collezione quale omaggio alle sue impenetrabili fantasie, ai suoi colori, al suo humour, alla sua fortissima femminilità ma soprattutto alle affascinanti, antichissime, straordinarie Culture di quella parte di Mondo, a volte, per noi così lontano ma straordinariamente magico ed irresistibile."

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Sue Wong S/S Collection 2007, Los Angeles

During the big show of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles Sue Wong not only presented her company's new Spring 2007 line, but also did the art direction, styling, and music for the show dubbed "New Romantics" as well.

The result was a kaleidoscope of 76 daytime and evening dresses, focusing as Wong explained afterward, "more on my daytime collection than ever before."Fiesta" was the Mexican section of the show: "I've always liked indigenous cultures, so it was Mexico this time. As opposed to Indonesia or China or India or someplace. I just move around the world, getting inspirations as I go," Wong said. "Those dresses have a Frida Kahlo feel, I think." She used brilliant colors in orange or turquoise, offering a folkloric feel with a sophisticated edge, and again using embroidery to create beautiful accents.

Read the complete article published by Fashion Wire Daily

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Louis Verdad F/W Winter Collection 2005, Los Angeles

Vibrant colors and a passionate intensity fed into Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's paintings. Indeed, the woman - her iconic style and art - motivated Louis Verdad's Fall/Winter '05 show. Referring to Kahlo in his program guide as "my inspiration, my Mexican treasure," Verdad flooded the runway with pinstriped suits, high-waisted pants and a collection of dressy coats and Oscar-worthy silk gowns. Kahlo herself once flirted with gendered ideals, donning both men's suits and Mexican skirts with similar relish. Stately models, including an intensely fierce Frida Kahlo look-alike named Morgan, wore bunches of roses in their hair, and braids twisted into complex chignons. Booming Mexican ballads, a fake parrot and a wreathed entry-way completed the show's celebratory Latin feel.

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Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 1998 Collection, Paris

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