May 28th, 2018
A fundraising fashion parade “Frida, a todo color”, was organized by Mexican collector Raquel Mansur, with the support of the Embassy of Mexico in India, to raise funds for Indian charitable organization “Compassionate Missionaries”.
A unique audio-visual fashion parade, “Frida, a todo color” (Frida, Full Color), was organized to showcase a selection of traditional Mexican clothing inspired by the vibrant personality and art of celebrated Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo is a powerful figure in the history and culture of Mexico, and her clothes defined her identity. The beautiful attires that she adorned with great relish were an expression of her personal life, her artistic intentions, and her pride for her country.
Curated from the private collection of Raquel Mansur, which consists of 173 costumes, 30 selected attires were presented with a brief description of the costume, accompanied by the music of the region and a corresponding chapter of Frida’s life.
The event was well-attended by H.E. Ms. Melba Pría, Ambassador of Mexico in India, the Spanish-speaking community, along with eminent personalities from the field of art and culture, including Indian artist Kanchan Chander.
“During my research I looked for photographs where Frida is painting and wearing the dress which I am showing in the parade”, Raquel Mansur commented, highlighting that there were many photographs of Frida, as her father was a photographer.
This charitable initiative provided an opportunity to offer Indian audiences a glimpse at Mexico’s rich textile wealth, and raise funds for Indian charity Compassionate Missionaries (Antyodaya Niketan), a shelter for the sick, destitute, and abandoned persons in New Delhi.
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About the Collector, Raquel Mansur: Raquel’s first Mexican costume as a three-year old collector was "China Poblana" that was crafted by her mother. Raquel says that it is fascinating to see how embroidery, colors and elements of the female trousseau change from one ranch to another and each detail has a specific meaning. Her interest in Frida’s paintings arose from a very young age when she became keen on discovering more about the legendary artist and her wardrobe.
About Compassionate Missionaries: Compassionate Missionaries Antyodaya Niketan, a home for the sick and destitute, will be the sole and direct beneficiary of the collected funds. Located in Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, the organization provides shelter, free medical and psychological services to the deprived, vulnerable, destitute, ill and dying people of the society in order to bring about a positive change in their lives. https://compassionatemissionaries.weebly.com/
Photographs courtesy: Embassy of Mexico in India