Mario Testino guest edits April issue of Vogue Australia

The April 2016 issue of Vogue Australia, guest edited by Mario Testino, the world’s most influential fashion and portrait photographer is on sale today. The issue features incredible photographs of iconic landscapes and notable Australian faces captured during Testino’s visit to Sydney in January 2016.

During his stay in Sydney earlier in the year, his first trip to Australia, Testino visited some of the country’s most iconic places and photographed some of the country’s most famous exports including: Catherine McNeil, Gemma Ward, Jessica Hart, Catherine Baba, and Jordan and Zac Stenmark, some of the country’s rising stars including models: Megan Blake-Irwin, Alannah Walton and Alice Morgan, local surfers, lifesavers and wildlife.

Photographed on Sydney Harbour, International supermodel Lara Stone poses on the April cover flanked by Jordan and Zac Stenmark and younger brother Louis and model David Genat.

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said: “Seeing our surroundings, our birdlife and fauna and some models we’ve worked with for many years through Mario’s fresh eyes reshaped my view of this place and its talent. Mario is a deep thinker and a very talented editor. This is his 10th edition of a Vogue title as editor. It’s a milestone of sorts for him, and a huge milestone for us at Vogue Australia.”

Of his time in Australia, Testino said: “Australia, and specifically Sydney (where I spent much of my time on this trip), really moved me in many ways. I travel almost constantly for my work and have done so for pretty much my entire career. It’s rare that I stay in a place longer than four or five days before I’m back on a plane and going to the next job. This time, however, I ended up changing my entire plans to stay in Sydney longer than I was meant to. I can’t remember the last time that happened.”

This marks the 10th special edition of an International Vogue which Testino has guest edited. Testino has not only photographed the cover and all the fashion stories, he has set the theme for issue. Together with his team, MARIOTESTINO+, he has art directed the edition and worked closely with Vogue on the features within the publication, that began from a starting point of celebrating Australia through international perceptions. “There is a sense of freedom and openness in Sydney” says Testino “which made me realise that it was the quality I had also recognised in all the Australian friends I know. Perhaps it was this quality that had made them so successful internationally.” The result is that through Testino’s vision for the issue – which explores Australia’s rich culture and heritage at the same time as its dynamic contemporary landscape – the April edition presents and celebrates Australia now in a way that will resonate both at home and overseas.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “This was the coming together of two mighty creative forces, Mario with his international reputation for excellence in this industry and the innovative city that is Sydney. These images capture our true essence as a city and it’s clear Mario was captivated by Sydney and its people during his time here. I commend Vogue Australia on this partnership with Destination NSW for the April edition which will put Sydney in the international spotlight and encourage its readers to visit our remarkable city.”

The Mario Testino Special issue of Vogue Australia is thanks to the support of key partners: Destination NSW, Emerald Group Investments, QANTAS, The Pacific Bondi Beach and Mercedes Benz.

Emerald Group Investments CEO James Kennedy said: “Emerald Group Investments were delighted to partner with Vogue to bring Mario Testino to Australia. As one of Australia’s fast growing luxury groups, we are passionate about excellence and creativity and were thrilled to support Mario and Vogue with this special issue.”

The Vogue Australia April issue is on sale today and available at newsagents and supermarkets nationally and via iTunes, Google Play and Zinio.

Mario Testino guest edits April issue of Vogue Australia