Playmen: an album
With Maria Luisa Frisa
With Female Body. Politics of desire Maria Luisa Frisa interprets the portfolio “Le modelle segrete” by Gian Paolo Barbieri, published in Playmen in February 1971. Fashion and image, female body and desire, femininity and feminism: Playmen contributes to the introduction of the dimension of desire which is an integral part of the discursive and planning practices of fashion design in shared visual culture, starting from fashion photography.
Maria Luisa Frisa, critic and curator, is full professor at the IUAV University of Venice. She directs the magazine Dune: Scritture su moda, progetto e cultura visuale published by Flash Art. Among her recent publications: Le forme della moda (Il Mulino, 2015). Among the most recent projects: the exhibition and the book Bellissima. L’Italia dell’alta moda 1945-1968 (Rome, MAXXI, 2014-15; Brussels, BOZAR, 2015; Monza, Villa Reale, 2015-16; Fort Lauderdale, NSU Art Museum, 2016), the exhibition and book Italiana. Italy as seen by fashion 1971-2001 (Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2018), the exhibition and book Memos. A proposito della moda in questo millennio (Milan, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, 2020).