Sixty-four years ago today, July 13, Frida Kahlo died at just 47 years old, possibly by suicide, following a stormy year in which she developed gangrene and an addiction to the painkillers she needed for the many surgeries she’d recently undergone. Oh, and she also had her right leg amputated—and, somehow, after years of being practically bed-bound, managed to attend the opening of her first-ever solo exhibition. The artist’s grit is just one reason why her icon status endures today—and just one of the reasons why we’ve glamorized her to the point of turning her into a Barbie doll. The real “Frida,” on the other hand, never shied from depicting her true, damaged self in the many, many self-portraits she created over the course of her career. Some were allegorical, but her devotion to depicting the lateral truth can now be seen more clearly than ever at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Titled “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up,” the exhibition pairs her paintings with the real-life dresses that they depict. Until recently, they’d been locked away in the Casa Azul—just like Kahlo was in her final years. A number of the other objects are being for the first time outside of Mexico, altogether, they make for one of the most accurate portraits of Kahlo to date. Get to know her a little better with a look inside the show.