Regular readers will recall me mentioning the exhibit in Mexico to honor the 50th anniversary of Frida Kahlo's death (see post on June 15). Well, I still haven't read much about that anywhere else but here. Now it turns out that, as Patrick Gouy informs me in this article (La Fridamania, July 29) in Le Point, there are accessories to go along with the exhibit (my translation):
Frida Kahlo's heirs have decided to profit from the growing Fridamania. On the occasion of the retrospective of her works in Mexico City for the 50th anniversary of her death, her niece Isolda Pinedo has created a line of exotic jewelry, luxury clothing, and accessories in the artist's name. Launched by a superb fashion show of models who are the painter's perfect doubles, the commercial brand has unleashed criticism, because Frida, an early feminist, is one of the icons of Mexican culture. For her defenders, Frida is becoming a scandalously commercial entity, and there is fear that she will become a sort of Mexican Che Guevara, meaning that her admirers would use her image without knowing anything about her life. To justify itself, the Kahlo family has insisted that the creation of this line was intended to regulate the abusive utilization of Frida Kahlo's name and that it was respecting the artist's personality by marketing products similar to those she used to wear in order to affirm her status as a liberated woman.Do they have a large chest pendant in the shape of a pulsating heart? Or a forehead-sized image of Diego Rivera that would join your eyebrows together? Or a thorn necklace with hummingbird? I'm sure this stuff is flying off the shelves.