FIT FOR A QUEEN: Mario Testino’s dream subject isn’t a glamour girl or a famous actor, but Queen Elizabeth II. Testino, who has lived in England for 38 years, called Her Majesty “an iconic woman.”
Another top choice would be Germany’s Angela Merkel, but the chancellor missed her opportunity to be shot by Testino. “I asked to when I was [guest editing] Welt am Sonntag [newspaper] and she was busy,” he told the standing room only crowd at Zeitmagazin’s biannual Fashion & Style conference, presented this season in Berlin in cooperation with Vogue Germany.
Testino was introduced by Vogue Germany editor-in-chief Christiane Arp, who described how he could even make camera-shy Raf Simons smile for a photo. The wide-ranging conversation touched on his skills waiting tables, the importance of giving, as well as the perfect male anatomy, and ended with a Britney Spears imitation.
His show of portraits, “Mario Testino: In Your Face,” has its gala opening tonight (Monday) at the Kulturforum’s Kunstbibliothek; it’s supported by Swarovski. This edition of the exhibition, which premiered in Boston in 2012, will feature three new portraits taken in Berlin. It’s the show’s first stop in Europe.
Testino also took over Vogue Germany’s Instagram account Sunday and Monday, posting his impressions of Berlin under the hashtag #BerlinByTestino.