Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

November 13, 2010

I have a fascination with the life and art of Frida Kahlo. For some reason, I was reminded of her tonight, and thought I would enjoy a flow of images of her life and art. Frida's years of ongoing pain, both physical and emotional, are a bright example of brilliant creations that often result from a compelling need to escape one's pain.

Frida's passion for color and paint flourished during the long months of convalesence spent in partial healing after a horrendous streetcar accident crushed many bones of her body, including her spine. A tumultuous relationship and marriage with famed mural painter, Diego Rivera, also fueled her creativity. Life is a curious phenomenon . . . sometimes, the best comes from the worst of conditions.

I have been somewhat haunted by one question about Frida. Enjoy the color and flamboyance below, then attend to the final photo of her wedding day. . .

This is the only available photo of Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera's wedding day. Why did such an expressively-bold and colorful woman choose such an austere approach to her wedding ensemble? It is claimed that her mother said, "It is like a marriage between an elephant and a dove." Diego was over 29 years Frida's senior. Yet they shared a powerful bond, united in part through their art.

Someday, I would like to design a bridal headpiece that Frida Kahlo might have been happy to wear. Something for a strong woman with no inhibitions about expressing herself. . . a fun client indeed!

As always, my best. . . .
May we all find ways of turning our pain
into something beautiful, like Frida,



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