Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas , 1939. This is a double self-portrait of the artist. As she considered herself biracial, she is shown on the right as a traditional Mexican and on the left as a Victorian “western” woman. Dress or drapery? In the Mexican Frida, the knees serve as anchor points as they poke outward and create tension lines across the lap. Her breasts also serve as anchor points creating tension against the blouse. The Victorian Frida's clothing displays no anchor points or tension lines suggestive of the body beneath.

Overall, due to the flatness of the skirts (which should fall very loosely) and the minimal amount of creases, the clothing is abstract. Kahlo was more interested in the compositional aspects of the flat areas of blue, green, and white and the repetition of triangles, diagonal and vertical lines than in the anatomical hills and valleys of the bodies. The random action of cloth has been conventionalized. This is drapery.