April 09, 2018
I have spoken about my love of London before and specifically the city's Victoria & Albert Museum - London's V&A Museum Explores Underwear. Now, the museum is getting ready to unveil its new exhibit, "Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up".
Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939
The exhibit will include over 200 objects, from jewelry that includes pre-Columbian necklaces that Frida strung herself to examples of intricately hand-painted corsets and prosthetics that will be shown alongside film and photography of Frida.
Prosthetic leg with leather boot. Appliquéd silk with embroidered Chinese motifs
Claire Wilcox, senior curator of fashion at the V&A and exhibition co-curator, shared: “A counter-cultural and feminist symbol, this show will offer a powerful insight into how Frida Kahlo constructed her own identity. This show is a rare opportunity for visitors, offering unique access to an archive that has never left Mexico before.”
The exhibit is set to emphasize how Frida "empowered" herself through her art and dress.
Circe Henestrosa, head of the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and exhibition co-curator, commented: "The exhibition will be a very personal experience with deeply individualized objects on show, particularly her corsets, which she decorated and painted, making them appear as though she had explicitly chosen to wear them. She included them in her art and in the construction of her style as an essential wardrobe item, almost as a second skin.”
Sounds like this will a must-visit exhibit. And, what a great opportunity to learn more about Frida and what went into "making" the Frida we have seen.
"Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up" runs from 16 June to 14 November at London's V&A Museum and is sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and GRoW @ Annenberg.
P.S. As spring slowly makes its way in, it's the perfect time to get your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. In turn, what a great time to get some new Adea Camisoles.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.