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Blooming marvellous: Frida's Belgravia

At this year’s Belgravia in Bloom exceptional flower displays and creative workshops were inspired by Frida Kahlo, while a Grosvenor Britain & Ireland-sponsored exhibition at the V&A celebrates the artist
Between 19th and 26th of May 2018, Belgravia transformed itself into a tribute to one of Mexico’s greatest artists – Frida Kahlo. Now in its third year, Belgravia in Bloom (which coincides with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show) sees more than 50 retailers across Elizabeth Street, Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Eccleston Yards enveloped in flora and fauna, each year corresponding to a new theme.
 
This year, it was Frida, and so the retailers adorned their boutiques with glorious floral creations inspired by the Tehuana costume so closely associated with her. Launching alongside the Grosvenor Britain & Ireland sponsored exhibition at the V&A, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Belgravia in Bloom introduced an interactive installation called Frida’s Parlour, which is open until 16th June 2018. 

Located at 141 Ebury Street, the parlour pays homage to Frida’s famed residence in Mexico City, La Casa Azul (The Blue House). At the heart of the exhibition space is the Wallpaper Room, where visitors can enter for free. The green wallpaper, inspired by the backdrop to Nickolas Muray’s iconic photographic portrait Frida Kahlo on Bench, is the perfect setting for a photo or a selfie.
 
Frida’s Parlour hosts a range of creative workshops, such as floral bouquet creation and self-portraiture classes. Please note that these workshops require a ticket in advance.
 
For tickets and further information on the workshops, click here.
 
Photography: Belinda Lawley