Frida Kahlo: Love and Pain

"The more pain she felt, the more elaborate her outfits were."
Looking through Frida Kahlo's struggle and witnessing how she transformed it into art.
(Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo.)

Went to see 'Frida Is...' exhibition, a photography series of Frida Kahlo's closet & possessions documented by a Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, being displayed for the first time after being locked down for 50 years.

Above is her favourite dress, and prosthetic leg with red boots which she designed herself. A friend said, "The more pain she felt, the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborate her outfits were." It's interesting to see Frida's hopefulness on life captured from these series of her personal items, and learning her deep connection for fashion beyond just something on the surface, she seized control of it and used it as something powerful to overcome her struggle.

Frida's used body cast in which she painted bones, veins, colorful organs with leaves on it. She experienced multiple horrifying accidents and lived in pain her whole life, but love is her biggest source of inspiration to create. It left me with uneasy feeling seeing how much pain she endured, but at the same time showing how her powerful mind transformed it into art.

"I want to be inside your darkest everything." - Frida Kahlo's hand-painted cigarette case.

Ginza walk.


Taken by Ivan Kovac.

On the top of Mori Art Museum.

(taken with Contax T2, developed and scanned at Bic Camera.)

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  1. I've always dreamed of living in Japan, or at least studying there. I envy you big time.


  2. Great Japanese it!
    Cute, funny but amazing :D ... will be better with this fashionista!