Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Everybody Hearts Mario !

Venturing into the world of fashion photography, a name I'm already familiar with is Mario Testino. He has become one of the world's most well known and celebrated fashion photographers. Mario has shot fashion stories for a whole host of designers such as Salvatore Ferregamo and Versace and fashion magazines including Vogue, Allure, GQ. His celebrity cliental include Madonna, Lady Gaga, and models such as Tyra Banks and Kate Moss  He is credited for revival of designer house Gucci, after fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld and himself drawn in attention to the house through provocative advertising campaigns in the mid 1990's.

Here is a video clip of Kristen Stewart shot by Mario Testino for February 2011 Vogue magazine. In my opinion the video has the effect of being shot like a home movie, which makes the video charismatic and appealing.

This next series of images is photographs taken by Mario Testino for the Valentino S/S 2005 Couture collection. I adore the 1950's glamour and elegance of the styling and photographs which still have a modern twist.

The photographs have a timeless feeling to them which in my opinion is due to the fact the photographs have been taken in black and white which is my on preferred method of photography. However through the styling of the clothes and through the photography the essence of the fashion house is kept alive.

This is my favourite photograph from the fashion story. It reminds me of a 1950's Hollywood starlet such as Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe.

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