Renowned photographer Mario Testino, was decorated by the French Government with the highest civilian distinction, Légion d’Honneur, for his work contributing to fashion and French culture. Testino, who was born and raised in Lima, was given this honor by the French ambassador, Fabrice Mauriès, in Peru.
“France is happy to show its recognition today to a person who contributes to the development of young Peruvians as well as to the appreciation of the art and cultural heritage of their nation.”
Mario Testino’s cultural foundation in Peru, Museo Mate, and other philanthropic ordeals were acknowledge by the french government. In return Testino recalled the start of his career and how France help him developed his photography style. He specifically mentioned Carine Roitfeld, and her influence on his career.
“I found my style when working with Carine Roitfeld — first for French Glamour magazine, and then for French Vogue,” the photographer said. “Carine pushed me to go into the South American mode that I had developed in my nude photography, suggesting I apply this to my fashion work. At the time, I worked with a French team continuously — Tom Pecheux for makeup and Marc Lopez for hair. The whole period of the Nineties they were by my side. These were the golden years in my career where I became a well-known photographer.”
Testino has been known for his photography work with an endless list of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ. As well as, working with brands such as Burberry, Gucci, and Chanel. His work from the past twenty years has made him Iconic. Mario Testino deserves nothing less. Congratulations Mario!