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Dresses that hid Frida Kahlo's pain come to light decades on

Published on Sep 29, 2012 6:51 AM
An outfit that belonged to iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is seen in the bedroom that Kahlo shared with her husband Mexican muralist Diego Rivera at the Blue House in the neighborhood of Coyoacan in Mexico City on Sept 27, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - The colourful dresses of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo will go on display for the first time in November after being kept hidden from public view for 50 years at the request of her husband, acclaimed muralist Diego Rivera.

Curators of the Kahlo's Blue House in Mexico City discovered a trove of 300 dresses, bathing suits, accessories and photographs in 2004 and are now ready to show the public 22 items from the unique wardrobe that turned her into a fashion muse.

The exhibit explores Kahlo's fascination with Mexico's indigenous women and her penchant for richly embroidered ethnic frocks, flowery headpieces and ornate silver jewelry that earned her a photo shoot with Vogue magazine in 1937.

It also reveals how she chose clothes to hide her disfigurement after a bout of childhood polio that left one leg thinner than the other and a devastating bus accident that broke her spine in three places and left her in constant pain and scarred from subsequent surgeries.

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