Look at all the Fridas! More than 1,000 men, women and children attended Frida Fest at the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art) in full costume Thursday night to celebrate the life and legacy of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The Museum is presently showing México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde – a major exhibition exploring 50 years of Mexican modern art which coincided with what would have been the 110th birthday of the world’s best known Latina artist.
Frida Fest at the DMA
The DMA hosted over 5,000 guests on July 6th to celebrate Frida Fest and partnered with the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LatinoCLD) to set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Frida Kahlo in one location on Thursday, July 6, on what would have been Frida Kahlo’s 110th birthday.
To participate in the record attempt, individuals had to provide their own costumes, which could not be shared among multiple individuals, and follow the specific costume rules set by Guinness World Records listed below:
• A unibrow drawn onto the face joining the eyebrows. This can be done with make-up or by sticking hair.
• Artificial flowers worn in the hair, a minimum of three artificial flowers must be worn.
• A red or pink shawl.
• A flower-printed dress that extends to below the knees on all sides; the dress must not have any slits up the side.
At least 1000 of the 5000 guests turned out in full Frida regalia and they all looked terrific!
above: Among the Museum show’s highlights is Kahlo’s famed painting The Two Fridas, on loan from Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, which shows two versions of the artist: one dressed in traditional Mexican garb, the other in European attire.
photos by Christina Childress Photography and from Dallas News staff photographers Tailyr Irvine and Alejandra Salazar.
New FRIDA Book
Frida fans should know that there’s a beautiful new die-cut book about Frida Kahlo by the wonderful illustrator Benjamin Lacombe coming out in September (now available for pre-order here) Written by Sebastian Perez (Author), and Frida Kahlo (Author)