The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has gained cult status across the world, and even decades after her untimely death in 1954, Kahlo remains an inspiration to artists everywhere.

Famously and openly queer, Kahlo isn’t just known for a significant body of work that explores her own struggles and experiences, but also for her colourful wardrobe. After her death at age 47, her grief-stricken husband Diego Rivera sealed her belongings in the bathroom of their home in Mexico City, requesting that they stay hidden until 15 years after his own death. Rivera died in 1957, but Kahlo’s belongings would stay out of the public sphere for another 50 years.

In 2004, the Frida Kahlo Museum decided to catalogue Kahlo’s belongings, with the Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako being tasked with documenting Kahlo’s closet. In a new book, Frida by Ishiuchi, Miyako now shares these images with the world.

Kahlo preferred long dresses that would hide her legs – due to contracting polio as a child, Kahlo’s right leg was thinner and shorter than her left, and the same leg was fractured in 11 places in a bus accident later in her life.
Kahlo experienced numerous health issues in her life, and her right leg had to be amputated due to gangrene in 1953. This prosthetic limb featured an embroidered lace-up boot.
After a bus accident in 1925, Kahlo was forced to wear a full-body cast for three months.

All images by Ishiuchi Miyako, via My Modern Met.