Recreate Frida Kahlo’s iconic style
Frida is the word on everyone’s lips this weekend as the V&A opens its highly anticipated Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition, and we here at the Affordable Art Fair are no exception! The first show outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions alongside self-portraits and personal photographs promises to offer a fresh perspective on her fascinating life story.
Inspired to shake things up by the Mexican painter’s colourful personality, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to recreating the cult figure’s iconic look in your own home. Join in on the Frida frenzy and infuse her fearless spirit into your interiors with some brilliantly bold and bohemian works of art from our online marketplace!
A touch of the surreal
Kahlo used her iconic self-portraits to define herself on her own terms as well as poignantly express the physical and emotional pain she suffered her whole life. With the surreal and magical elements to Dan Hillier’s works, we can’t help but be reminded of the free-spirited Frida and her own mesmerising gaze.
It's all in the details
From skeletons and skulls to monkeys, Frida was deeply influenced by her Mexican heritage and celebrated her roots using indigenous symbolism and elements of folk art throughout her career. Get the look with Helen Nottage’s ceramic 'Rosemary for Remembrance, Pansies for Thoughts' (below).
A true individual, Frida’s fabulous floral head pieces and indigenous jewellery have made her a bohemian style icon for the ages. Recreate her covetable eclectic look in your own home with a piece by Iranian painter Solmaz Tohidlo who overlays cultural elements from her home country onto powerful female portraits - à la Frida! We just love the ornate patterns and mysterious vibes in 'Untitled' (below).
Have fun with colour
Never one to shy away from colour, Frida’s works are beautifully bright and vivid, so be adventurous and choose pieces like Kumar Kashi’s 'Flying Woman On Horse'. With its electric yellows and deep reds, it’s sure to give your space a whole new energy and bring a little bit of that Mexican sunshine to your home!
Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, 16 June – 14 November 2018, V&A. Sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
Dan Hillier, Luna, £395, Liberty Gallery.
Helen Nottage, Rosemary for Remembrance, Pansies for Thoughts, £550, Iona House Gallery.
Solmaz Tohidloo, Untitled, £6,000, Eclectic Gallery.
Suraj Kumar Kashi, Flying Woman on Horse, £2,450, The Brown Easel.