Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) wore the traditional clothing of indigenous Mexico. Respected today as a great artist, she is also admired for her flamboyant and courageous way of dressing.
In self-portraits and photographs, Kahlo was often flamboyantly dressed in Mexican or Guatemalan garments. After the Mexican Revolution of 1910, intellectuals and artists rejected European values in favour of "mexicanidad". Kahlo's respect for indigenous cultures led her to collect folk art and to adopt indigenous clothing. Her vibrant rebozos (fringed shawls), embroidered blouses, handwoven huipiles (tunics) and outré accessories allowed her to express both her sense of self and her boundless admiration for her Mexican heritage. This lecture explores Kahlo's inimitable style which continues to inspire designers and fashionistas the world over.