July Book of the Month // Frida Kahlo Making Herself Up

Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), as an artist and a woman, has a unique international appeal. Her instantly recognisable work draws extensively on her life and her extraordinarily personal reflections upon it.

Nicky recently visited the V&A Frida Kahlo exhibition presenting an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist, so we thought it was apt to feature the exhibition book as this month’s Book of the Month.

This collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

Above, Kahlo’s favourite lipstick, Everything’s Rosy by Revlon.

On Kahlo’s death, her husband, Diego Rivera ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until 15 years after his death. The bathroom in which her belongings were stored in fact remained unopened until 2004.

Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up gives readers a unique window into Kahlo’s life. It focuses on the personal, combining her prosthetics, jewellery, and clothes with self-portraits, diary entries, and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs.


To learn more about the artist you can visit her dedicated website, sharing information on how to visit the home she shared and worked in up until her death in Mexico.

Frida Kahlo Making Herself Up will be at the V&A from 16 June to 4 November.

Book your tickets to the exhibition here

Shop the book here

Nicky’s World July 2018