Book: Mario Testino’s “Sir” and Other Must-Reads

TO SIR WITH LOVE. The general perception of men has largely shifted in the last three decades, argued Mario Testino





Heralded as one of the luminaries of fashion photography, the Peruvian artist put together a collection of approximately 300 images depicting various men from Bowie to Beckham to a native Peruvian donning his tribal outfit in his largest book to date, titled “Sir” (Taschen). The graphic tome serves to second the aforementioned notion as well as to please the aesthetes who are ever curious on the most beautiful creatures on the planet. A couple of shocking profiles include actor Josh Harnett sporting vivid red lipstick and fake eyelashes and Orlando Bloom kissing David Beckham’s cheek affectionately. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies, each “Sir” copy is signed by Mario Testino himself, bound in Japanese cloth, and delivered in a metal slipcase and certainly made with much, much love.




1. A coffee table book worth keeping, “A-Z Great Modern Artists” (Cassell) is a great reference about the people who helped formulate today’s outlook on art and lifestyle. The combined forces of art historian Christian Masters and graphic designer Andy Tuohy have resulted in an immaculate treasure trove of knowledge simply begging to be read.



2. Thinking of where to escape for your next holiday? “Paris Style Guide” (Murdoch Books) is an insider’s notebook on what’s best in the City of Light. From hole-in-the-wall boutiques to fancy cafes and elegant hotels as well as personal interviews with the people working behind the scenes, stylist Elodie Rambaud spares nothing to reveal everything.



3. Art is hardly only for art’s sake. Trends, culture and globalization, all play a role not unlike what happens in fashion. “Fashionable Art” (Bloomsbury Academic) is a careful observation that dissects not only artistic movements and styles but also how the concept of value evolves today. A wonderful read for students and scholars of art history or fashion studies.