Famous Photog Mario Testino Designs Clothing Collection

Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino, well-known for his pictures of the British Royal family and numerous celebrities,mario testino has teamed up with the online luxury retailer Net-à-Porter to design a new capsule collection called MATE. The 40-piece limited-edition collection of clothing, jewelry, and bags marks the first time the online site has teamed up with a photographer.

The clothing line will be available online starting in June and is designed to benefit the photographer’s not-for-profit.

MATE, aka the Mario Testino Association is located in a beautifully restored 19th century mansion in Lima’s bohemian district Barranco and houses the largest collection of Mario Testino’s photographs. It has been Testino’s desire to have his work permanently in his hometown of Lima; contributing to the country’s cultural and artistic scene and by giving local artists a space to exhibit their work.

The inspiration came from Testino’s recently opened “Alta Moda” exhibition, which shows mountain-dwelling Peruvians wearing traditional festive costumes and clothes from the Cusco region. The photos were shot over a five-year period.

The collection includes silk and cotton blend kaftans, scarves, tote and clutch bags, all covered in abstracted prints drawn out from his photographs, while jeweler Vicki Beamon of Erickson Beamon provided a modern twist on traditional Peruvian handicrafts for the accessories.

“We are huge fans of Mario’s photography and are delighted to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to wear his works of art,” said Holli Rogers, Fashion Director at Net-à-Porter. “The color and detail in the Peruvian costumes are unbelievable and this has paved the way for a fun range of clothing, bags and jewelry,” she added.

The collection will see 20% of profits donated to MATE.