Get your skates on!
In the month when International Women’s Day reminded us that the gender pay gap remains scandalous and the iconic NME rolled its last print edition off the presses, we also had the big freeze. Cue ice skating on frozen canals in the Netherlands. It’s a special time and we’re loving it.
Back to world-class women for a moment and this summer the V&A in London will be showing Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, an exhibition of clothes, photographs, paintings and possessions, some of which have never before left her native Mexico. The artefacts were only discovered in 2004, when a sealed room in the Blue House – Kahlo’s home with her husband, Diego Rivera, in Mexico City – was opened. He had requested it stay sealed for 15 years after his death in 1957, but it remained closed for 47. The exhibition will offer a chance to see, in glorious detail, the elaborately embroidered traditional Mexican dresses and exquisite hand-painted corsets that established Kahlo as one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic style icons.