Last night was the Mario Testino opening at the MFA- what an amazing party! There was quite the star studded guest list including Gisele, Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Karlie Kloss, Olivia Palermo, and a bevy of supermodels, out to support of one fashion’s most famous photographers. I have never been at a party in Boston (or probably ever) with this much press coverage- it almost made ME feel like a celebrity- o wait……… I’m not.
….But that didn’t mean we didn’t get to party like one. The museum was completely abuzz with excitement- amazing food, drinks, great music- a greenhouse in the courtyard outfitted like a nightclub.. and then after we were done being star struck and partying, there was some serious art to attend to.
Mario Testino is a Peruvian fashion photographer. Pick up an issue of Vogue or Vanity Fair and there is probably a 50% chance that he photographed the cover image. Flip through the magazine and you can attribute his name to several photographs. But his work does not stop at editorial images. He also has shot several portraits of the British Royal family- including Will and Kate’s engagement photos. The MFA is currently exhibiting the best of all of these works in two separate exhibits “In Your Face” and “British Royal Portraits” (evidently the royal family didn’t want to be in the same gallery as the commoners).
We were able to walk through “In Your Face” – and the exhibit definitely lived up to its name. The images were both controversial and beautiful. They were printed on a HUGE scale and packed even more of a punch then they do inside a 8.5″x11″ magazine. The galleries were boldly colored in blacks and teals and the photos were all tightly lined up, resting on shelves. It was fun to recognize so many faces and even images that I remember reading over the past 10+ years. Some of the images were a little controversial (hello naked!) but they were all FUN.
Between the visual stimulation, the models walking around, the shutters of photographers clicking and a glass or two of champagne- it was a bit of a sensory overload. I took horrible pictures! Good thing I have Maggie to the rescue with these favorites:
So, if you are a fan of fashion editorials, celebrities, or just some bold and beautiful photography I suggest you RUN to the MFA to check out this amazing exhibit! It opens for the public on Sunday- but if you are a member- its open today