Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is quite possibly the most celebrated female artist in history. The elements of her personal style have become iconic: long skirt, Mexican blouse, rebozo, flowers on her head. (Unibrow and faint moustache, too, but it’s up to you whether you want to include that.) For the costume, we decided to use the colors she’s wearing in the famous photo that’s at the center of our montage.

The pieces we suggest, from left to right:

1. Full-length tiered skirt in black.
2. Hand-embroidered blouse from Mexico.
3. Black or red rebozo.
4. Large silk flower hair clips. Get about three of these for the top of your head. The store also has tons of these in other sizes, styles, and colors. If your hair is long enough to braid, the video below will show you what to do.
5. Gold seed bead necklace. An inexpensive substitute for the knotted chain Frida wore.
6. Frida Kahlo-inspired earrings. These were purchased off eBay. They have little hands: a nice echo of the famous earrings Pablo Picasso gave Frida (and that she’s wearing in the bottom right photo of our montage).

Makeup: Frida wore bright lipstick and accentuated her eyebrows. She also had a nice little moustache. Your call.

How to do your hair like Frida Kahlo: Justina Blakeney of Compai Design Studio uploaded this fantastic tutorial to YouTube, showing how to braid a scarf into your hair, Frida style. It’s from her book 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Tie, and Rock your Scarf.


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