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Frida Kahlo Exhibit Focused on Her Fashion Makes Its West Coast Debut

Frida Kahlo‘s art is making its way to the Golden State with the launch of “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” opening March 21 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibit will focus on how she used fashion to form her identity alongside her disability and ethnicity and will feature accessories, jewelry, clothing, and prosthetics. According to the museum’s website, these items had been sealed for 50 years following her death in 1954.


“She came to see her sartorial choices as intentionally political,”  Catherine Morris, who co-organized the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum told TIME. “One of the wonderful things about some of the dresses and jewelry we have is that they actually have paint on them,” Morris added.

One of the items is a corset she painted with a sickle and fetus as an ode to her Communist beliefs and the children she lost through miscarriages and abortions. Her signature huipils will also be on display which she wore not only to celebrate her Mexicanidad but also to allow room for her body to breathe with the corset on. Additionally, visitors can expect to see her artwork, old photographs (like Frida’s communion), archival footage, and personal objects.

You must reserve tickets to the exhibit ahead of time with adult tickets ranging from $28 to $33 depending on the date. The museum, located in Golden Gate Park, is also hosting a giveaway on Instagram that includes a gift package of Frida Kahlo products from the museum store, and four VIP tickets to the exhibit.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving runs through July 26 and tickets can be reserved now.