Peek Inside Frida Kahlo’s Secret Wardrobe, Hidden Away For 50 Years.
Have you noticed anything a bit unusual about Frida's fringed boots?
Oh yes, there's a definite difference between the height of one of the heels. That's because she developed polio as a child, which left one leg shorter than the other.
They say that the only thing that separates us from animals is our ability to accessorize.
Well Frida certainly found lovely ways to accessorize, including wearing some interesting jewelry, like these hoop earrings with two birds and a blue flower in the middle. Coincidentally, she's seen wearing these in many of her paintings.
When Frida was in her 20s, she was involved in a horrible bus accident.
She wound up having to wear a full body cast for three months. But just like we often have our friends sign our arm or leg casts, Frida decided to paint her cast corset into a work of art, to mellow an otherwise terrible reminder of the pain she endured.
The Mexican painter, was often inspired by Mexican pop culture and native folk art style.
So she wore traditional Tehuana dresses like this one to honor her roots, while also using them to cover up her lower body, which had suffered a great deal of abuse from her childhood illness and accident later in life.
In 1953, Frida's right leg was amputated at the knee due to gangrene.
She had become extremely depressed over losing her leg, so she designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached. Unfortunately, she passed away a year later of pulmonary embolism.
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