My inspiration came from Frida Kahlo’s “Thinking of Diego” and from Mexican designers Paulina and Malinali Fosado. Frieda Kahlo’s “Thinking of Diego” she is dressed like Tehuana people dress. It’s said she dressed this way because Diego liked it. She also has flowers on top of her forehead with Diego under it signifying that from the roots of the flowers she is is trying to trap Diego since she loves him and cannot stop thinking of him. This painting reminded me of traditional Mexico attire because the Tehuana dress is so traditional. For this reason, I chose to go with twin designers Paulina and Malinali Fosado. I was inspired on how they put together the colors and different fabrics together and have a sexier version of the traditional Mexican wear.
DESIGNER: Paulina and Malinali Fosado
ARTIST: Frida Kahlo “Thinking of Diego”
Of the numerous female Surrealist artists at LACMA’s In Wonderland exhibit, Quetzalli and I were captured by Frida Kahlo’s- Las Dos Fridas painting. Surrealism can best be defined as: a movement in art and literature in the 1920s, which developed from the Dada movement, characterized by the evocative juxtaposition of incongruous images in order to include unconscious, subconscious, dream elements, chance effects, or nonrational significance of imagery, etc.
Quetzalli and I were most intrigued by Las Dos Fridas painting in that it provokes thoughts, asks questions, and reveals Frida Kahlo’s inner and outer most self; tragedy, pain, sorrow, redemption, and salvation. In essence, Frida Kahlo’s paintings told stories of her fantasy-like mind, culture, childhood, family, marriage, death, pain, loyalty, and of course her alter ego (stripping away of her hair, dressing up and carrying on as a man). Kahlo’s paintings, whether self-portraits, still-lifes, culture, or life itself…she depicted her reality, no matter the outcome, (pre-Surrealism).
Frida Kahlo’s Surrealist art and amazing Mexican style of dress, and her blue house in Mexico, definitely went hand in hand. Kahlo was a walk of art; freedom of expression, liberation from all limitations. And, she transformed into a peaceful dove amidst the storm, allowing herself to fly.
Frida Kahlo’s – Las Dos Fridas
This collection was inspired by the one of looks of Rudi Gernreich exhibition. We came together with the same inspiration and made a collection. We were inspired by the bright use of colors, the 1960s silhouettes, the texture of the feathers and the Native American headdress.
The garment that we chose as our inspiration was the peacock garment. It is a long sleeve high neck A-line top with matching form fitting spandex leggings. The garment was made from an abstract peacock print.
FORTUNY PLEAT POEM
TWIST AND TURN
FLOW LIKE A STREAM
LONG AND GRACEFUL
WITH NO RESTRAINTS