In a career that spanned more than four decades, Carlo Mollino designed buildings, homes, furniture, cars and aircraft. Renaissance man/ heavyweight intellect/ womaniser/ romantic?....Mollino was famed for his design finesse - and it exudes from the 18th century Turin villa whose interior he designed throughout the 60s.
As the polite 1950s shifted into the subversive 1960s, Carlo began to seek out women—mostly dancers—who he would invite to his villa for nocturnal photo-shoots. They posed against extraordinarily rich, Mollino-designed backdrops, and in clothing, wigs and accessories that he chose especially. Having printed the Polaroids, Mollino would painstakingly amend them with an extremely fine brush, to attain his idealised vision of the female form.
The 1200 pictures remained a secret until after his death, in 1973.