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Benedetta Barzini, a living legend.

She was friends with Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, had an affair with Salvador Dalí and how could it be otherwise with one of the many Kennedys, full of tetosterona.

Posed for Penn, Avedon, Klein, Mulas, Meisel and Slokosky, large retinas of fashion.

Benedetta Barzini, “one of the most beautiful and sexy models of the 60″ since the Queen of Vogue Diana Vreeland offered to work for Vogue, he has not posing to the photographer Steven Meisel persuaded her to pose for the French edition Vogue, for Donna Karan, and that showed that the wrinkle is more than attractive.

In the sixties was the “secret friend” of Dali,-if it could be the case that Dalí was some secret, “explains wryly” Barzini. “I loved him, we spent many wonderful hours in secret together in New York. One day I asked why he always wanted attention.” “My name is Salvador and my brother, who died young. “Every time I do something my parents told me that he would have done better, so I had to invent things he never could have done.”

“I have fought for years against a privileged childhood and unhappy.” “I was anorexic from 14 to 24 years. Next, a Hungarian psychiatrist, I helped. I had four years of therapy. ”

In the sixties was one of the models “top ten”. In the seventies it became a radical feminist in Milan, his hometown, and that continues. Known as “The Passion” of fashion, their position goes to recover part of her that as she was losing the catwalks.

Arriving in New York, his agent advised him three things: hang out at the most chic, be kind to everyone and marry a rich American in order to stay in the U.S.. Born in the resort town of Porto Santo Stefano, daughter of Italian author Luigi Barzini and his second wife, Paola Gadola Feltrinelii heir, his childhood consisted of governesses mixed with a succession of private schools in Switzerland.

Had it all and at one time refused, before being abandoned on the night gave birth to twins, the director Roberto Faenza. For he had left his glittering life neighborhood. Robert met and married in 1969. “I think that parenting was a shock to him,” she sighs. “When I married him, I knew I would put it hard.”

The great Diana Vreeland in 1963, offered to model for Vogue and Barzini, who supposedly went to New York for 10 days, stayed four years. He spent time in the Factory of Andy Warhol (his affair with Gerard Malanga one of the stars of the moment was well publicized) and danced in the famous party of Truman Capote in 1966. Marisa Berenson racing for the unofficial title of being the most celebrated beauty of the jet-set Italian-New Yorker. And not to miss anything, he studied at the Actor’s Studio.

Barzini has come to live together with their twins, two students and one male teacher in a middle class neighborhood of Milan. “There was no way afford to pay the full rent with the money my mother gave me every month,” he explains. In addition to teaching a course on feminism at the University of Milan, devotes much of his time Unione Donne Italiane to, a militant feminist. Almost all are rich Milanese left, so that the decision to Benedetta made it a true Milanese.

Now a professor at the Polytechnic of Milan, where he teaches “The importance of the dress in time” and says that fashion is “a way to make sense of social trends.”



  1. Pilar Mandl / 2 March 2012

    ¡Interesantísimo, como siempre! Benedetta Barzini, ya no olvidaré ese nombre.


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