An Unforgettable Frida’s Wardrobe Experience at Andaz Mayakoba

Frida Kahlo is now considered to be one of the most talented female and Mexican artists, but her talent went largely unrecognized during her lifetime. Born in 1907 in Coyocoán, Mexico City, she married fellow artist Diego Rivera in 1929. Frida’s colourful creations sum up Mexico in many ways – vibrant, unique and feisty. Now, visitors to luxurious hotel, Andaz Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya can enjoy the full Frida’s Wardrobe Experience for themselves. Talented photographers Sol Tamargo and Matt Adcock and their team have collaborated with Andaz Mayakoba to give you a unique taster of Frida’s inimitable style – Frida’s Wardrobe Experience at Andaz Mayakoba. This eco retreat has a prime location with a beautiful white sand beach, stunning pools and striking artworks. Sol herself is known for her colourful dress sense, as well as her innovative images. The team are listed by American Photo Magazine as one of the top 10 wedding photography studios in the world and have featured on the cover of National Geographic.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.
I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the Frida’s Wardrobe Experience, starting in the comfort of our suite at Andaz Mayakoba. Sol was accompanied by the equally talented photographer Polly, who featured in a breathtaking underwater trash the dress photoshoot in the cenotes. These sinkholes are specific to this part of Mexico and make for spectacular photos.

Del Sol Photography Day of the Dead Mermaid CatrinaOver the course of an afternoon, I had a great time with Sol and Polly who styled me up in traditional Mexican outfits with a contemporary twist. Del Sol Photography aim to reflect Andaz Mayakoba’s philosophy of expressing your own personal style. In my case, that’s anything colourful and the bright decor at Andaz fitted the mood perfectly.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Car
I learnt that Frida Kahlo wore traditional Mexican clothing in the 1930s, when no one else was wearing it any more. When she visited the States, children asked her “Where’s the circus?”. I can’t feature her artworks here as they are copyright, but do search online for her paintings such as The Two Fridas, Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns and the Wounded Deer if you can, as their surreal intensity is something you won’t forget in a hurry.

Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Kahlo

Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Kahlo – Creative Commons

Sol laid out a selection of her own colourful jewelery for me to choose from, layering two necklaces for maximum effect. It will soon be available to buy at Andaz. Then she styled me up with belts and a colourful headdress – great for hiding a bad hair day ;-). As I arranged it at the last minute I didn’t have the hair and make up styling that is normally included. Just imagine the shoot with the added bonus of a professional team beautifying you first – what a treat!

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.
The light was dancing gently on our balcony as Sol and Polly captured this back shot. All photos featured here are taken by them, apart from the photograph of Frida Kahlo herself.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del CarPolly told me that Frida had to wear body casts as she had not only suffered from polio when a child, but had a terrible bus accident as a teenager. She started painting while she was recovering, and even decorated her body casts with bright colours. In keeping with this, Sol gave me the opportunity to select from several different corsets designed by Mexican designer Claudia Bo. She also created the headpieces, having been inspired by the Tehuana style headpieces worn by Khalo. The corsets were all beautiful but the Frida Kahlo one seemed particularly appropriate for Frida’s Wardrobe Experience. They lace up at the back and therefore fit all sizes – I did breathe in a bit with it on!

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.
Sol and Polly really know how to make anyone look good on camera, choosing the most flattering angles and natural light. They took these shots at the striking Octopus mural painted by Senkoe, a famous local artist. It’s located next to the beachside pool, with a tequila bar and a DJ spinning tunes – the epitome of cool!

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.They were also incredibly patient and gave me plenty of direction on how to pose. It felt like being on a Tatler or Vogue shoot thanks to the stylish backdrop of Andaz Mayakoba’s Casa Amate.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.This fine dining restaurant specializes in gourmet homestyle cooking from Latin America. I’ll be writing more about the delicious food in an upcoming post.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.
With its velvet sofas and geometric tiles, it’s traditional yet contemporary at the same time.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.A family came in whilst we were shooting and I felt a little self conscious but the little girls seemed fascinated. I had to remind myself, what would Frida do? The answer, I’m pretty sure is that she would have loved it.
Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.

I loved Frida’s Wardrobe Experience and would highly recommend it to anyone. Del Sol Photography also do family shots, weddings and much more. They’re Cultural Insiders and Brand Ambassadors at Andaz and can be reached at

As for Frida herself, I think we can all learn something from this powerful woman. She refused to let her physical issues limit her, achieving so much in what was then very much a man’s world. Now if I need a confidence boost, I’ll ask myself – what would Frida do? I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Frida:

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photos by Del Sol Photography.

  • You look fabulous! What a brilliant experience to have.

  • Suze I absolutely love this post – what a fun and unique experience and I love the vibrant colours! You look fabulous – the colours really suit you! I absolutely love the underwater trash the dress photoshoot too! Frida sounds like a remarkable woman

    • That’s so kind, I had a great time with Sol and Polly. As for Frida Kahlo, she was so inspirational

  • Oh Suze I love this!! What a fun thing to do! You look so stunning in the photos, what a beautiful backdrop for this fantastic experience. I love the corset particularly.

    • Thanks Angie, Andaz was the perfect place for the experience and I loved the outfit and jewellery!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Sure this sounds so wonderful, what a great thing to do – you truly look amazing too (loving your makeup!).

    Hayley xo

  • I have always loved her work. This looks like an incredible experience!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Sol Tamargo

    Sue!!! It was such a pleasure to “play” with you!! Thank you sooo much for the detailed explanation of #FridasWardrobe experiece. It is a Tribute to Mexico, to Art, To Frida and an inspiration to bring the individual “Andaz”= (personal style) in the travellers that visit us. GRACIAS!!!! – Sol Tamargo – del Sol Photography

    • Hi Sol, thanks so much for this amazing experience at Andaz. You definitely captured the spirit of both the resort and Frida!

  • you look great in Frida inspired outfits:)

  • Featured on the cover of National Geographic? That’s incredible! What a treat it must have been to be photographed by such talent and in such a colourful scenario – very much in tune with your blog and personal style, Suze 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I felt very lucky – and if I ever go back then I want to try the cenote shoot! I think either would be right up your street

  • Like most of the girls Iove Frida. the photoshoot reminds of her and her art so nicely!

    Lyosha from Inside and Outside Blog

    • It’s wonderful that everyone knows and loves her work – if only she was around now to get that recognition

      • I pity so much she didn’t know how important she is now

  • She’s amazing and I’ve always appreciated her work. And look at you, Suze, you look absolutely lovely all dressed up!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Ah that’s so kind, Shireeen! Frida was such a revolutionary in more ways than one

  • Frida Kahlo is one of my all-time favorite artists so I love this whole post!! You look gorgeous in the traditional dress!

    • Ah bless you, Courtney! I can see why you love her work, she really made the most of her life

  • Merely Claudia

    Dear Suze, thank you so much for your nice words about my Designs! I´m glad to hear you enjoyed the whole experience… I´m a big fun of Frida Kahlo, so I respectfully created this Portrait Corset Collection and the head pieces inspired on her very eclectic style. You look absolutely beautiful on them!

    • Love your work, Claudia – do you sell to the UK? Had so much fun wearing the corset and headdress

      • Merely Claudia

        Yes I do! happy to hear that. I love UK

  • I love the quote. The outfits and the photos of you are stunning!

  • Loved this post, what an amazing place and I love your photos and outfit! The designs are amazing! Gemma x

    • Well they’re not actually my photos – they’re taken by the very talented Sol and Polly but I had a brilliant time with them

  • You look SO stunning Suze, I love these beautiful and exotic colours on you, seriously so quirky and the look is gorgeous! What an incredible experience. Such beautiful photographs too!

    Laura xo

  • I love everything on this post. The background, your dress, creative direction, the whole concept.


  • Frida Khalo is one of my favorite artists. Many years ago I saw a movie about her sad life. I have to say you look really good in those colorful outfits.

  • Lucy

    A superb and talented artist. I love your pictures stunning Lucy x

  • Claudia Padgett

    Oh my the pictures turned out stunning and so great to also learn about all the history and art that goes along with these beautiful images. The last one was one of my favorites 🙂