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Front Row/Backstage Hardcover – 14 Oct 1999

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Peruvian-born Mario Testino travels extensively shooting for Vanity Fair, American, British, and French Vogue. Other clients include Burberry, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors. His solo exhibitions have shown in galleries worldwide, and his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and V&A Museum in London, and others. He holds the Medalha Tiradentes, the state of Rio de Janeiro's highest award.

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In Front Row/Backstage, Mario Testino's relaxed photographs capture the fantasy of the world of high fashion. They take readers to recent fashion shows and are organised in an almost play-by-play manner. In the book's introduction, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour reminds readers how Testino's signature style is clearly visible in his portraits of the late Diana, Princess of Wales: "Although we had seen a million pictures of Diana, we had never seen her looking so relaxed, accessible and modern as when Mario photographed her." This accessible feeling is one that Testino projects onto all of his subjects. Here Testino shows the backstage preparation for the top designers' runway shows, the photographers preparing, the audience being seated, the models dressing and the show itself. He has captured some of the most groundbreaking collections and innovative presentations, such as Alexander McQueen's flooded runway and his winter collection, during which snow poured down onto all of the models. Other noted shows include Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, Chloe, Christian Dior and John Galliano. The moments Testino captures are timeless: They seem to hold so much beauty and effortless style that they feel current. Only a peek at the date of a show reveals that some images are from many collections ago. The action and movement of the shots give a whole new life to past and present visions of our fashion gurus and icons. --AmraBrooks

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Being there 24 Feb. 2000
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I think Amazon's review comes close to capturing my sentiments about this book. Yes it's grainy, that's what the shows feel like with all of the smoke and noise and haste of all the magazine editors swooping in and out again for the next venue (did you read Suzy Menkes' Preface?); I find this to be a truthful documentary on what a fashion show IS. As far as Joesmoe taking these pictures...was HE there to do it? Only disappointment: where is that splashy production quality one associates with the jetset fashion world? Hint: is the next project going to be the longawaited book of masculine nudes!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
i'm straight and i love your book 30 Nov. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
like his last book, testino explores the subcultures of society, this time the catwalks of fashion capitals. sure we may have seen this subject attemted before, however, testino's eye is less forgiving, bringing us the gritty realism of supermodeldom. long live testino
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I wish I could give it NO stars at all! 27 Nov. 1999
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The pics are AWFUL-extremely grainy black and whites,I mean I suppose they're meant to appear that way but WHY I haven't a clue.They just look blurry and EXTREMELY grainy to me.And they look like they could have been taken by any average Joe or Jane off the street.Furthermore,you can barely make out the people,and definitely not the fashions.I actually returned this book,I hated it so.Obviously,I do NOT reccomend it.Mario Testino's OTHER book,however,called Any Objections,is really cool and fun.It has a priceless shot of a lesbian trio of models,including my fav,Jenny Shimizu(plus Alice Temple-cool tattoo!-and some other gorgeous one I don't know the name of,but she has a cool lip ring...).By all means,buy that one.But don't waste your money on this one.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mario is back!! 24 Oct. 1999
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And again, with a great book. He is one of the best photographers in the world. Hey Mario, when's your new book coming out?!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When is your next book coming out? 24 Oct. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Great book, can't wait for the next to come out. Great photographer
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