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Frida Maximalism

Photographer: Marco Malingambi 

Model: Alessandra Mendicino 

Here is the shoot from a styling course I took in Milan at the Istituto Marangoni. Frida Kahlo inspires me because not only was she an amazing artist, but she herself was art.

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Frida lived in constant self expression. She was one who was not to be defined. She, as an individual, contradicted her femininity with masculinity. She accepted her imperfection, would dress in men’s clothing, cut her hair to be like a man, liked to drink, smoke, and speak profanely. In doing so, she in a way, blended and deconstructed gender roles. She lived life according to her own ideals, which was quite rare for women at the time.

Maximalism is a reaction against minimalism, meaning “more is more.”It is eccentric, eclectic, and fun. Frida, like Maximalism, was seen as shocking and even a bit vulgar. 

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“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better” – Frida Kahlo.

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One thing I have learned from Frida is that in life there will be pain, but you cannot hold onto it for too long; you must let it go. Anything you hold onto is a sinking ship.  

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Frida lived a life with many tragedies, but she had a way of transforming her pain into beauty. Within her there is an inner strength and sadness. 

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“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away” – Frida Kahlo. 

Behind the scenes photos:

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light” – Frida Kahlo. 

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