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Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, (1907 - 1954) was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
In real life, as on the canvases of her many portraits, Kahlo used fashion to channel her physical and emotional insecurities into statements of strength, heritage, and beauty. Yet for nearly 50 years, her personal wardrobe remained hidden to scholars and fans alike, locked away shortly after Kahlo's death in 1954.