On show at New York City’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, Testino’s images perfectly blend art with anthropology, complementing the Institute’s mission to promote the culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking regions. The exhibition is presented under the chairmanship of Oscar de la Renta, who spoke of the Spanish influences in the Latin American dress and vice versa, with similar silhouettes and color palettes complemented by gold jewelry. Alta Moda—literally “high fashion” in Spanish—documents Peruvians in their vibrantly colored and ornately adorned traditional and festive dress from Cusco, one of the highest mountainous regions of Peru. De La Renta alongside Testino toured Queen Sofia herself through the exhibition on opening night, along with fashion and silver screen royalty alike. With the regal seal of approval, this exhibition is certainly not one to be missed.
Mario Testino Alta Moda is on display November 20 through March 29, 2014, at Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in NYC.