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Frida Kahlo's intimate belongings to go on display

IANS  |  London 

Clothes, jewellery, makeup and a defiantly red-leather-booted prosthetic leg belonging to Mexican Kahlo, which were sealed in her house for more than 50 years, will be displayed in for the first time outside

The and on Thursday announced details of the major show "Kahlo: Making Herself Up", exploring one of the most recognised artists and women of the 20th century, reports

Claire Wilcox, of fashion at the museum, said was an important "countercultural and feminist symbol" and being able to exhibit the items from was "a huge privilege".

More than 200 items from the Blue House, the home of and her muralist husband Diego Rivera, on the outskirts of City, were coming to

After died in 1954, aged 47, Rivera locked up her belongings in a room and said it should not be opened until after his death. In the event, it was not opened until 2004, revealing a fascinating treasure trove of clothes, makeup, jewellery, medicines and other intimate possessions.

"This is the real material evidence of the way Kahlo constructed her identity," quoted Wilcox as saying.

The show will explore how the empowered herself through her art, clothes and style after a difficult early life.

Aged 18, she was involved in a near-fatal bus crash that left her in pain and incapacitated for long periods.

The show will include 22 of the colourful and often paint-splashed Tehuana garments she wore, visible in the hundreds of photographs that exist of her and the numerous self-portraits. There will also be one of her ebony eyebrow pencils that she used to emphasise her monobrow; and her favourite lipstick: Everything's Rosy by



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 16:00 IST