Frida Kahlo Costume - Make Your Own

Frida Kahlo Costume - Make Your Own

Learn how to assemble a Frida Kahlo costume; shop for Frida accessories and dresses here!

Before we get to the costume, let's talk briefly about Frida Kahlo, the woman behind your costume inspiration. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, an activist, and a feminist. Her art pieces are mostly self-portraits, but her clever use of animals and dark colors has made all her paintings brimming with significant meanings and mystery.

Frida was married to Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican painter. She was born on July 6, 1907 but she often cited her birthdate as July 7, 1910.

In 2002, a film called "Frida" was released. Salma Hayek did a good job in playing Frida Kahlo (even gaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a movie), and the film reportedly made almost $60 million worldwide.

How to Create a Frida Kahlo Costume

Frida Kahlo is a distinct character. But to be able to pull off a Frida Kahlo costume, make sure that the colors of your dress, your brows, facial expressions, and your hair must neatly resemble Frida. To get started, here are some features to consider.

1. Frida Kahlo brows
Your brows must be thick and bushy, and they meet at the center.

2. Frida Kahlo braid / chignon
Your hair must be black, braided, and accessorized with flowers or ribbons.

3. Frida Kahlo accessories
You can wear a Bohemian type of accessories, dangling earrings, and oversize necklaces. And don't forget a cigarette.

4. Frida Kahlo dress
Wear a typical Mexican dress topped with a shawl.

So let's get started and create a Frida Kahlo costume for your Halloween parties (or any costume parties for that matter). Just like any other costumes, this outfit is pretty easy to assemble. All you have to do is to get ready with the essentials following these easy and simple steps.

Here we go.

STEP 1. Frida Kahlo Wig

Frida Kahlo is a classy woman. She likes to braid her hair and then arrange it into a bun. Then, she puts on some flowers and other beautiful accessories for accent.

If you have long hair like Frida, it's best to have the same arrangement. But if you don't, there are always wigs to choose from. Here are some of them.

STEP 2. Frida Kahlo Hair Accessories

If you have a garden, you can pick flowers that have large petals such as roses, sunflower, or dahlia. Put on a few if you want, but make sure that they are neatly tied. Try tying these flowers together using a headband.

If you don't have a flower garden, you can always purchase an artificial one. Take a look at your choices below. Or you can substitute flowers with a turban.

STEP 3. Frida Kahlo Jewelry

From earrings to necklaces and bangles, Frida Kahlo preferred big accessories. Not only do they add drama to her outfit, but these jewelry pieces complete Frida's identity as a feminist and an artist.

STEP 4. Frida Kahlo Dress

Mexican dresses are flowy and long. They also come with ruffles, and a distinct design and patterns that's reminiscent of the Mexican culture.

STEP 5. Frida Kahlo Shawl

Mexican dresses are flowy and have great colors. But don’t forget to put a shawl on top. As if the flowy dress is not enough, Frida Kahlo is often seen with a silky, flowy shawl.

STEP 6. Frida Kahlo Eyebrows

Of course, Frida Kahlo is also known to have bushy eyebrows that meet in the middle. She didn't shave or pluck them. This is perhaps in relation to her being a feminist icon. You can exaggerate your brows if you want.

Who is Frida Kahlo?

What do we know about Frida, and who is Frida Kahlo anyway?

First and foremost, Frida is a Mexican painter who lived such an interesting life and carried with her a set of strong ideologies, principles, and morals. She lived in the early 20th century when the world was experiencing some of the most significant changes and transitions, which most probably molded her beliefs and principles. She is considered by many feminists today as a role model for all women as far as equality is concerned. Not only does she have a strong personality and is she very vocal about her principles. But she also made it a point to live what she believed in.

But, of course, much of what we know about Frida Kahlo is her paintings. If you see the movie “Frida,” a film based loosely on her life and stars the beautiful Salma Hayek, you’ll notice that she was able to impress Diego Rivera when she insisted he take a look at one of her paintings. Diego Rivera even mentioned that Frida is better than him.

If you examine Frida Kahlo’s paintings, you’ll be instantly reminded about her struggles and pains as evident in the colors, strokes, and the subjects that she used. She often paints herself as the subject and some animals that she loves.