Style Icon: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo by Nickloas Muray
Frida on White Bench, New York (1939) by Nickolas Muray via ArtBlart.

When first introduced to Frida Kahlo, I can’t say what I fell for first — her vibrant paintings or her equally vibrant style. Full of color and life, Frida’s wardrobe was a palette of punchy pink, bold blue, and fiery orange and red. To mark what would be her 105th birthday today, we’re celebrating Frida’s fabulous style.

Along with layers of silks, scarves, and long skirts, Frida’s unique ensembles often incorporated elements of her cultural heritage, including pre-Columbian jewelry and Tehuantepec dresses. With flowers and ribbons almost always accompanying her signature braided hairstyle, the artist draped herself in dramatic expressions of personal style. In contrast to the vulnerability and pain that was often expressed through her artwork, Kahlo’s personal style exuded self-confidence and strength. Even in her more somber, monochrome looks, there were pops of bright pigment.

Frida Kahlo by Nickloas Muray
Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacan (1939) by Nickolas Muray via ArtBlart.

Frida Kahlo, 1932
Frida in 1932 via Early Women Masters.

Frida Kahlo
Photograph of Frida in men’s clothing in 1926 (left) and Frida in 1929 (right) via Early Women Masters.

Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray
Frida with Blue Satin Blouse, New York (1939) by Nickolas Muray via ArtBlart.

Malu Block, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera
Malú Block, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera 1932 via Early Women Masters.

Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray
Frida Kahlo (c.1940) by Nickolas Muray via ArtBlart.

She’s enough to inspire you to add a little artistic inspiration to your everyday ensemble, isn’t she?

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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  1. Lindsey 07/06/2012 at 8:50 am #

    I love this! I love the bright colours.

    Et tu, tutu?

  2. Sarah 07/06/2012 at 9:05 am #

    So inspired! Love the bright colors!


  3. Katie Winn 07/06/2012 at 9:24 am #

    A great way to remember very nicely done. She is an inspiration and had an amazing sense of style so many bright and beautiful colors!

  4. Eliza 07/06/2012 at 12:08 pm #

    She is incredibly beautiful….as is her style. Rest in peace!

  5. ladyrara67 07/06/2012 at 5:38 pm #

    She was an Incredibly Talented & Inspiring Artist & Woman. I help run a group on called “Obsessed With Frida Kahlo” All Artists are welcome to join:-)!

  6. albraytonmodel 07/08/2012 at 9:11 am #

    Rockin the unibrow… lol

  7. portlandsun 07/08/2012 at 8:57 pm #

    love this post. love modcloth blog. thanks for the inspiration. you guys are doing really good work.

  8. asha 07/09/2012 at 2:57 pm #

    she is most definitely one of my style icons, and also in life. she was a fighter (pun intended) and a survivor. She lived life to the maximum and drank it all up. I love that about her.

  9. Kaleigh 07/11/2012 at 5:22 am #

    How can you not adore Frida?

  10. Laura 07/12/2012 at 9:35 am #

    Love her so much!

  11. nev 10/20/2012 at 2:11 am #

    no body could transfer feelings to a canvas like she could…………..i love her so much.

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