10 Must Know things about Frida Kahlo
The work of Frida Kahlo is much loved by millions across the globe, and by everyone here at Fabrics Galore.So because of this, in our latest blog post the Fabrics Galore team reveal ten must know things that you need to know about the legendary Frida Kahlo.
We're also sharing some of our absolute favourite Frida Kahlo fabrics from the legendary Alexander Henry. Who doesn't want some Frida print fabric in their lives?
1. Interest in Frida Kahlo has had a resurrection in recent years
Currently the V&A are running the exhibition 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up', which is running until the 4th November 2018.
2. Her work draws upon her Mexican heritage
Frida was influenced by Mexicanidad (Mexicanity) which was a romantic nationalism that inspired many Mexican artists at the time. It emphasized true Mexican culture and rejected the mentality of inferiority that colonialism had built. In both her paintings and her fashion choices, Mexico was incredibly influential to Frida and she famously dressed in traditional Mexican clothing.
3. She wanted to be a doctor
4. Her husband had an affair with her sister
5. She had a prosthetic leg
6. Pain and suffering are important themes in Frida Kahlo’s work
7. She basically invented the selfie
8. She had an affair with Leon Trotsky
They remained friends and she dedicated this self portrait to him in 1937.
9. She had friends in high places
Famous surrealist artist Andre Breton saw Frida’s work and promised to make her an international success. Artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró quickly became huge fans of her work.
10. This exhibition shows many personal items of Frida Kahlo which have never before left Mexico
The collection is hugely varied and extremely personal. It has everything from her cosmetics, to her hand painted corsets.
Create your own Frida Kahlo inspired design!
Frida Kahlo’s image is now so well-known and has infiltrated our everyday life, it's seen on everything from fridge magnets to our own Alexander Henry fabrics. So, let’s revel in this Frida Kahlo moment, and her influence as a style icon, an artist and a feminist and get creative.
At Fabrics Galore we have a variety of stunning dressmaking fabrics for you to choose from that can help you evolve your wardrobe. So complete your stunning Frida Kahlo inspired sewing project by visiting our dressmaking fabric section now.