“When you see my name in Vogue, I will have arrived.” These were words, Mario Testino often told his mother. And that he did…
Originally from Lima, Peru, Testino is best known for his work in fashion publications, specifically Vogue covers and editorials. Even if you are not familiar with his work, chances are you’ve seen at least one of his iconic photographs, such as the royal engagement portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Testino began perfecting his signature craft in the late 1970’s under British theatre photographer, John Vickers, and first received recognition with cover and spread for the magazine, Over 21. Soon, he cemented his signature style: “human-izing” models which created such an impact, his relationships with the most elite fashion publications followed in a natural progression.
Along with editorials, he has captured the best sides of Princess Diana, pop culture icons Madonna and Gwyneth and created the most memorable ad campaigns for Gucci and Versace. 8 books now published under his name, they range in content from Front Row/Backstage: an inside look into the workings of the fashion industry to Mario De Janeiro Testino: a homage to a city and way of life.
I was so excited to see all this history come to life at his recent PRISM Gallery opening night party. Showing for the first time in 7 years, the event was packed full of the fashion elite and featured many photos of past muse, Kate Moss as well as many other amazing moments in time Testino has captured on film.
Such a blast! I’ve never seen so many fashion people at one party in LA…
My fave outfit of the night was this models emerald green, lace jumpsuit. Fab!
This past September alone Testino photographed the covers for Vogue (American, British and French,) Vanity Fair, V, and Allure. He has had an amazing and colorful career, which continues to grow and take him in creative directions.