Frida Kahlo's influence in fashion

BY: MAITTE SOLIS 

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Through her artwork and unique personal style, Frida Kahlo portrayed herself as a woman of great indigenous pride and tremendous confidence despite her imperfections. Kahlo is one of my idols, and she is being paid homage at the Museum of Latin America Art (MOLAA) from now until June 8, 2014. Frida Kahlo was a renowned Mexican artist whose art and life was filled with passion and pain. At the young age of 18, she was in a near-death accident that left her plagued with lifelong medical disabilities.

During her lifetime, Frida was a revolutionary force not only with her surrealist paintings but also in fashion.

She went against the European fashion current and wore men’s suits as well as vibrant Mexican traditional blouses and skirts. Her signature style and beauty are unmistakable--thick dark eyebrows, gaudy accessories and extravagant braided hair were all a part of her struggle against the universe to regain control of her body she almost lost her life.

Many of the fashion industry’s elite has drawn inspiration from Frida Kahlo such as Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, and most recently Designer Naeem Khan’s for his Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection. Naeem Khan is an Indian born American designer whose work has been worn by Eva Longoria, First Lady Michelle Obama and the queen B herself--Yoncé. During 2013’s New York Fashion Week, Khan showcased his Spring/Summer 2014 RTW that I loved because of the heavy influence of Spanish/Latin culture and Frida Kahlo. Bold red amongst a black and white color palette along with lace and embroidery gave the gowns classic Spanish flavor, while abstract patterns and braided hair are very reminiscent of Frida Kahlo.

As influential as Frida Kahlo was then, she is now, as her style is constantly reinvented throughout countless fashion editorials and other works of art. She was a revolutionary for the arts, fashion, and the heart.