Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Claire Wilcox, Circe Henestrosa


Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), as an artist and a woman, has a unique international appeal. Her instantly recognizable work draws extensively on her life and her extraordinarily personal reflections upon it.

On Kahlo’s death, her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957), ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until 15 years after his death. The bathroom in which her belongings were stored in fact remained unopened until 2004. Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up gives readers a unique window into Kahlo’s life. It will focus on the personal, combining her prosthetics, jewelry, and clothes with self-portraits, diary entries, and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs.

Creator Bio

Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Professor in Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. Circe Henestrosa is an independent curator and Head of the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Praise:

Praise for V&A Exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up which accompanies this book:

‘A room of her personal belongings, which had been sealed since her death, was opened, and its contents put on display at the Blue House –it is a real coup for the V&A to be able to borrow this collection.’ Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian

‘an extraordinary testimony to suffering and spirit’ The Observer

‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up is a larger version of the inaugural viewing of the Casa Azul stash that took place in Mexico City earlier this year. It is intimate and epic in scale, the juxtapositioning of artworks with the items that appear in them — here some jewellery, there a headdress — compelling.’ Anna Murphy, The Times

‘Whatever your preconceptions about Kahlo, it’s hard to leave this show unimpressed by her huge resilience, and without feeling just a little in love with this extraordinary woman.’ Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph

‘Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa… have masterminded a celebration of the artist’s style.’ Karen Dacre, Evening Standard

‘The V&A has now put a generous selection of these intimate contents on show, amplifying them with films of her in action, more photographs, her jewellery, her costumes and a small but gripping array of her fiery self-portraits.’ Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times Culture

Price £35.00
Format Hardback
Publication Date 4 June 2018
Pages 256
Height 270mm
Width 216mm
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781851779604