AGO Exhibit Coincides with Frida Kahlo's Vogue Moment

AGO Exhibit Coincides with Frida Kahlo's Vogue Moment


Better late than never. Nearly 60 years after her death -- and only a week after the AGO opened its anticipated Kahlo/Rivera exhibition -- Frida Kahlo will be a Vogue cover girl.

Vogue Mexico's iconic cover image was taken by photographer Nickolas Muray’s in 1939 in New York. The November issue's Kahlo publicity coincides with the opening of “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,” at the artist’s eponymous museum.

Although this is a brand new cover, it might look a bit familiar. The image of Kahlo was used for a mock-up of a Paris Vogue cover that has been floating around the Internet for a while, but that mock-up is a fake. According to a Vogue Mexico rep, this is the first time Murray’s family granted permission for the image to be used on a fashion magazine cover. In addition, the shot was recreated with actress Salma Hayek for a Paris Vogue cover that marked the 2002 biopic “Frida.”

Inside the special collector’s edition of the magazine is an entire package devoted to Kahlo that includes a feature on contemporary designers — like Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo — who have designed collections inspired by the artist, a story on the exhibition, as well as an article on the elements of her style.This isn’t the first time Kahlo has been featured in Vogue; she was also interviewed in American Vogue in 1937. We’ve been admiring this image for years and are so excited that it’s finally an actual Vogue cover.