Photographs by Gian Paolo Barbieri. Text by Martina Corgnati.
Photology, Milan, 2007. 432 pp., 120 color and 120 b&w illustrations, 6¾x8½".
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Gian Paolo Barbieri: Beauty Case is a luxurious two-volume survey of postwar fashion as seen, staged and documented by Gian Paolo Barbieri, the Italian photo-virtuoso whose Taschen books Equator, Madagascar, Tahiti Tattoos, Exotic Nudes and Tahiti Tattoos (among others) became best-seller classics of contemporary photography and made him a worldwide publishing star. The two volumes contained in Beauty Case, History of Fashion I and History of Fashion II, gather together work done for a wide variety of fashion magazines between 1965 and 2005. They are presented inside an elegant limited-edition soft leather box (with two pockets for the books, a leather handle and a brass clasp), which doubles as a unisex beauty case. Reflecting and complementing the concise sumptuousness of Barbieri's own photography, it is a certain collector's item and an essential summation of a rich and celebratory body of work.
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