Mario Testino definitely has an eye for fashion. This is not high fashion in the traditional sense and you won’t find it on the pages of Vogue – this is his native Peru’s unique version of “alta moda”, with beautiful traditional garments, oozing with culture and history in every stitch. This project has been a personal endeavor he has been working on for the past 5 years, shooting in the remote mountainous region of Cusco, to bring the culture and traditions of the area into a global spotlight.
“So much Peruvian history lives on in these clothes,” said Testino. “I have become aware on my travels that when a country loses the connection between its history and its traditional dress, something truly precious is lost.”
Some of the pieces are dance costumes from the Carnival of Ccatca, Qhapaq qolla in Espinar, Cusco after he discovered an archive of garments from the region. There could not have been a better person to discover these treasures either, with his incredible experience of shooting fashion photography and his love and respect for Peruvian culture, all we can do is look at these photos completely awe struck by their beauty.
These exquisite photos are on exhibit at Dallas Contemporary Museum from Sept. 21 – Dec. 22 so if you are lucky enough to be in the area, this is definitely a must see!