An exhibition honouring the life and work of iconic artist, Frida Kahlo opens to the public tomorrow at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Since her death in 1954, Kahlo has proven to be a source of inspiration for fellow artists and musicians. From Salma Hayak’s portrayal of her in ‘Frida’ to Beyoncé dressing up as her during Halloween – take a look at the influence of Frida below.
While many of us opt for a Sandy from Grease, Black Swan or standard witch costume for Halloween, Beyoncé and Jay Z took a more arty approach to their 2014 costumes. The power couple dressed as influential artists, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat with Bey sporting Kahlo’s instantly recognisable statement brows and floral headpiece.
As a nod to what would’ve been her 110th birthday, Stradivarius created a capsule collection (available on ASOS) inspired by Kahlo’s love of flowers, bold colours and prints. Despite experiencing a range of tragic events during her lifetime, ASOS have expressed their hopes for the collection: ‘it’ll paint your world with positive vibes…‘.
It was only a matter of time before a biopic was created on the iconic artist and in 2002, she was portrayed by fellow Mexican, Salma Hayak in ‘Frida’ which earned her an Oscar’s nod. Proving herself to still be a supporter of Kahlo, Hayak recently blasted the controversial ‘Frida Kahlo’ Barbie who many (quite rightly) feel misrepresents her appearance.
In 2017, Kahlo made her way into British politics via Theresa May’s wrist when the Prime Minister wore a bracelet decorated with the artist’s face, during a speech at a Conservative conference. Despite their conflicting views (Kahlo was a Communist activist), it’s been reported that May wore the bracelet in order to channel Kahlo’s powerful narrative of ‘triumph over adversity’.
From Dolce & Gabbana to Roland Mouret to Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kahlo has proved to be a major source of inspiration for fashion designers around the globe! For his SS98 show, Gaultier’s entire collection was based around Marilyn Manson’s rocker vibe and Kahlo, with models striking an unmistakable resemblance to her while strutting down the runway (they even sported monobrows!).
Will you be heading to the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A? Find out more details here.