Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mario Testino: " Todo o Nada," a voyage from haute couture to nudity

Altaroma opens the July 2011 fashion week with the exhibition Mario Testino, Todo o Nada, in collaboration with Fendi, Gucci and Valentino. First shown in 2010 at the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza in Madrid, this exhibit now takes place at the Fondazione Memmo in the historic Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome, and brings together 54 photographs that reveal the two opposing concepts to be found in Testino's work, fashion and the nude.

For the Peruvian photographer, the essence of the exhibition lies in contemplating the process and implication involved in the act of removing one's clothes to become naked: a voyage from haute couture to nudity, including the intermediary process that implies baring the form.

From the glamour of top models, either nude or wearing haute couture  and photographed with a touch of irony and a sense of humor, to the beauty of friends and anonymous individuals, Todo o Nada is a tribute to " Testino's woman," an iconic image of woman that he has defined and redefined over the course of his career, a woman who moves at totally opposing poles.

Sienna Miller
American Vogue, Rome 2007
@Mario Testino / Art Partner Inc.

Doutzen Kroes
Allure, New York 2008
@Mario Testino / Art Partner Inc.

Sasha Pivovarova
British Vogue, London 2007
@Mario Testino / Art Partner Inc.

Claudia Schiffer
German Vogue, Paris 2008
@Mario Testino / Art Partner Inc.

Kate Moss
British Vogue, London 2008
@Mario Testino / Art Partner Inc.

Daria Werbowy
American Vogue, Los Angeles 2004
@Mario Testino / Art Partner Inc.

Courtesy Mario Testino
Todo o Nada is on view at the Fondazione Memmo - Palazzo Ruspoli
July 8 - November 23, 2011

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