One of the most famous Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo, left a mark on the world with her art, expression of political views, and vibrant personality when she passed away in 1954. But not everybody knows that she also left her unique collection of clothes, which were revealed to the public once again after being locked away for almost 50 years.

Frida's husband, Diego Rivera, was left with an impressive wardrobe of his wife, which he decided to seal in the bathroom of their Mexico City home, and ordered to keep them hidden away until 15 years after his death. He passed away soon after in 1957, but Kahlo's belongings were left locked until 2004 when the museum decided to catalog its content.

The photographer who got the privilege to immortalize over 300 of Frida's wardrobe items was the renowned Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, who did the job using only a 35mm Nikon camera and a natural light.

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Kahlo’s Earrings

Kahlo’s Earrings

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4 years ago

That's an interesting design

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Prosthetic Leg

Prosthetic Leg

Kahlo’s leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached.

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Kathy Ryan
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4 years ago

Very inovative

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#3

Classic Cats-Eye Glasses

Classic Cats-Eye Glasses

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Marijana Maxa
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4 years ago

Woooow ...

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#4

Kahlo’s Outfits

Kahlo’s Outfits

Kahlo’s friends noted that the more pain she felt, and the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborate her outfits were.

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Jenny Mason
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4 years ago

This skirt is beautiful. I would happily wear it nowadays.

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Traditional Tehuana Dress

Traditional Tehuana Dress

Kahlo’s right leg was thinner than her left after childhood polio – and it was later fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20s. As a result, she wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses that concealed her lower body.

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Nikita Otto
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4 years ago

This is just beautiful

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Kahlo’s Fringed Boots

Kahlo’s Fringed Boots

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4 years ago

ah the height of the heels are different

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Kahlo’s Knit Swimsuit In Mint Green

Kahlo’s Knit Swimsuit In Mint Green

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Diana CrunChewy Watson
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4 years ago

I know that Lycra didn't exist until 1959, but I would think swimming in cotton knit swimwear would be rather uncomfortable.

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Frida’s Cast Corset

Frida’s Cast Corset

After her bus accident, Kahlo was in a full body cast for three months, and she remained in pain for the rest of her life. She painted her casts and corsets, turning them from medical equipment into artworks

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Rodolpho Cunha
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4 years ago

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A Skirt Of Green Silk And Lace Attached To A Body Corset

A Skirt Of Green Silk And Lace Attached To A Body Corset

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Marijana Maxa
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4 years ago

Beautiful

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Frida’s Cast Corset

Frida’s Cast Corset

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katarina
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4 years ago

the corsets are so pretty

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#11

Skirt Fabric

Skirt Fabric

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Merilyn Horton
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4 years ago

Love it

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#12

Portable Ashtray

Portable Ashtray

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Sophie Flint
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4 years ago

Another post said this was her compact

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#13

Kahlo’s Nail Polish

Kahlo’s Nail Polish

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Marijana Maxa
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4 years ago

Frida = red color <3

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Kahlo’s Gloves

Kahlo’s Gloves

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A Comb Still Covered With Strands Of The Artist’s Hair

A Comb Still Covered With Strands Of The Artist’s Hair

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Rebecca Cook
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4 years ago

It's a brush.

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#16

Tehuana Lacy Headdress

Tehuana Lacy Headdress

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4 years ago

A headdress with arms??????????????????????????????????

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Kahlo’s Scarf

Kahlo’s Scarf

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Reina Jippie
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4 years ago

Technically it's not a scarf it's called rebozo it is more similar to a chal.... a traditional piece of clothing made by artisans in a loom (can be a blackstrap loom or a colonial loom)

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Kahlo’s Outfits

Kahlo’s Outfits

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4 years ago

It's hard to find good broad lace nowadays

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Kahlo’s Stockings

Kahlo’s Stockings

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Pixie O'Dell
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4 years ago

I love how they were darned a bit. Such different material.

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Bottle Of Perfume

Bottle Of Perfume

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4 years ago

I wonder what it smells like.

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#21

Kahlo’s Vest

Kahlo’s Vest

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Merilyn Horton
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4 years ago

Tortuous

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#22

One Of The Corsets Worn By Kahlo

One Of The Corsets Worn By Kahlo

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Samm Nowak-Martek
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4 years ago

The sure doesn't look comfortable. I can't imagine her pain

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#23

An Old Black T-shirt

An Old Black T-shirt

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Adrienne St Claire
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4 years ago

That's not a T-shirt; it's blouse.

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