Dress: Frida

Stirred: Frida Poetry Prompt Two ideas around the theme of dress today. Anna recently blogged a piece on Frida that touched on how her style is recycled in fashion. In this video she adds flowers, then draws in a moustache to recreate a Frida inspired look!

Frida played with gender roles by dragging it up, noticeably in this portrait after her husband Diego slept with her sister, she dons his suit and cuts her hair off. People read this portrait as revenge on him. She is almost overwhelmed by the suit, which envelops her like a heavy embrace. The hair twists around her, Medusa snake style. There’s a humorous twist to the lyric written across the top: See, if I loved you, it was for your hair, now you’re bald, I don’t love you any more.”.

 

There’s also this piece, a disembodied dress hanging between two states. The idea of identity as tied up in a particular piece of clothing, explored through this dress which is  part of the traditional costume of Zapotec women from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. representing an ideal of freedom and economic independence.

My Dress hangs there

My Dress hangs there

 

Write a piece exploring the concept of drag, grow your own moustache, encircle your mouth with lipstick, or step into an old pair of shoes, or a coveted pair of shoes, and see where it takes you.

 

 

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