On opening night of the “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, Salma Hayek revisited her legendary role. It’s as if Frida herself was right there for her own opening, but it was Hayek that was embodying the iconic Mexican artist. In full Frida garb, Hayek looked just like the character she played 15 years ago.
“Frida had so much pain, physical and emotional,” Hayek said, according to the Daily Mail. “She was an inspiration, she would wake up and start painting her personal life. She would wake up and say, I am my own inspiration. She would wake up and start painting her own identity. She painted herself, so the works of art started, with her self. For this, her relationship with fashion was profound.”
The exhibition features items that have been locked away for 50 years. According to the V&A, the exhibition worked “close collaboration with Museo Frida Kahlo, to display more than 200 objects from the Blue House. Kahlo’s personal items including outfits, letters, jewelry, cosmetics, medicines and medical corsets were discovered in 2004, 50 years after being sealed in the Blue House by her husband Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist, following her death in 1954. Exploring Kahlo’s highly choreographed appearance and style, these include 22 distinctive colorful Tehuana garments; pre-Columbian necklaces that Frida strung herself; examples of intricately hand painted corsets and prosthetics which will be displayed alongside film and photography of the artist as a visual narrative of her life.”
“Kahlo’s rejection of gender orthodoxy and conventional fashion, as an artist who transcended disability, allowed her to forge a unique identity which spans age, gender and geography in its global appeal,” Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, said, according to the Daily Mail.
The exhibition will be on view until November 4, 2018.