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"La Casa Azul" Museo de Frida Kahlo: Frida’s Jewelry, Shoes, Accessories and Beauty

The exhibit, “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” in La Casa Azul, Museum of Frida Kahlo is a curated selection of Frida’s personal dresses, jewelry, shoes, accessories and even beauty items.  

As a young girl, Frida suffered from Polio, which affected her right leg and eventually stunted it’s growth. She also suffered from a severe spinal injury (from a bus accident), which in turn led to many surgeries throughout her life trying to correct it and she had to wear a cast/back brace. She also had her right leg amputated right below the knee, due to gangrene. 
Appearances Can Be Deceiving” displays how Frida’s vibrant fashion style celebrated her culture while disguising physical conditionsFrida wore traditional Tehuana clothes (long dresses, skirts, blouses) and in-depth shoes to disguise the physical issues.
From what I learned while touring La Casa Azul, Diego Rivera (Frida’s husband) had locked Frida’s closet doors and banned entry to anyone, after he passed away, he had left one of his close friends in charge and made sure that the doors remained closed. His reasoning was that he didn’t want Frida’s personal belongings to be mistreated/damaged. Anyways, his friend decided that Frida’s closet was to be opened, only after she had died. She passed away in 2002, and the Museum of Frida Kahlo decided to open Frida’s closet doors years later…and it is only until last year that the public has been invited to browse some of her personal items on display in the exhibit, Appearances Can Be Deceiving.
I can only imagine how excited and emotional the individuals who sorted through Frida’s closet were. There was clothes, jewelry, love letters, sketches, perfume and even a bottle of Revlon nail laquer. Imagine being able to not only touch her personal belongings, but SMELL her essence? Must have been an out of this world moment.
I am thankful that I was able to feel her presence while exploring her home, La Casa AzulAppearances Can Be Deceiving is a once in lifetime experience and is on display until November 2013.
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  • Reply fashion-meets-art

    wonderful pictures. very interesting.
    lovely greets
    maren anita

    FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

    July 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Berty Morales

    Amazing! Gracias por compatir todas estas maravillas con nosotros. Me encantan las prendas, wow I will do anything for a piece of her jewelry. Gorgeous!

    July 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Isabel Garcia

    Wow! I never knew Frida had her right leg amputated. I am just in awe seeing the pictures and learning about details of her life, which I never knew before. Amazing post, amiga! 🙂

    July 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Daily Baez

    waooooo. this is amazing

    July 4, 2013 at 12:33 am
  • Reply Teresa Garza

    Super interesante Nina… Gracias por compartir tanto detalle.. Muy lindas las fotos.

    July 4, 2013 at 1:18 am
  • Reply Comiendo en LA

    Justo esta semana hablaba con una amiga del trabajo sobre Frida y nos llamó la atención que algunas personas que trabajan con nosotras no la conocieran; deberíamos enviarlos al museo!

    July 4, 2013 at 1:23 am
  • Reply Soledad Garcia

    Aprendi mucho sobre Frida en tu blog. Excelentes fotos!

    July 4, 2013 at 2:00 am
  • Reply Adriana DB

    Gracias Nina, contigo siempre aprendo algo nuevo sobre Frida!
    Great pics!

    July 4, 2013 at 3:48 am
  • Reply tm

    That’s so amazing, you were so fortunate to experience this exhibit.

    July 4, 2013 at 4:06 am
  • Reply Ana Fernández

    Qué pasada!!!
    Me encantan las fotos como siempre
    un besazo!


    July 4, 2013 at 9:06 am
  • Reply S. Yissele

    Wow … Frida Kahlo si que era bien fashion, que linda, lindo post y fotos!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ

    July 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Diana Rodriguez

    Que bello lugar.. genial las fotos!

    July 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Cristina-Colombiana en CA

    Definitivamente creo que no conozco nada de la vida personal de Frida. Estaba enterada de su legado, sus obras, pero al leer este artículo veo que detrás de su arte hay una vida muy interesante.
    Buscaré un libro sobre su biografía, porque me dejaste bastante intrigada.

    Qué buenas fotos, por cierto!

    July 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Adrianas Best Recipes

    Ese museo es una belleza definitivamente Frida es sensacional so fashion forward a trendsetter!

    July 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Maybelline ~ Naturalmente Mamá

    Love the pics!, I would love to go to that museo!

    July 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Mamá XXI

    Que belleza Nina, me encanta Frida!!!! Espero algún día poder visitar el museo, muy buenas tus fotos y relato de viaje!

    Gracias por el paseo 🙂

    July 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Lina Mayorga

    wow I love the shoes
    Great photos
    I definitely want to visit that museum!

    July 8, 2013 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Sofia Keck

    Incredible stuff. You know Frida is colorful but I had never taken her look a part and analyzed individual pieces. Very interesting to see that she gave it some thought.

    July 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    Wow! Really blown away by her sense of style, her creativity and how much her clothing and and her jewelery (and shoes!! ohh my!!) reflect her personality.

    July 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Adriana Iris B

    I love everything Frida and each post you have posted makes me love her more.

    July 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm
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