Mario Testino Shares The Gossip About THOSE Pics!

24 January 2011

Aww, how lovely is THIS?

Photographic geeeenius, Mario Testino, has spoken out about the images he took of Kate Middleton and Prince William to officially commemorate their engagement, proclaiming that ‘two people in love have a glow and a presence more powerful than anything else’. >Love<

Testino also told Vogue’s Hamish Bowles that he was instrumental in selecting the white Reiss dress that Kate wore for the full-length image, saying ‘from the looks Catherine brought, we thought a favourite simple white dress would be best for the more formal picture’ because he wanted Kate and William’s love ‘to be the subject of the picture, not what they were wearing’. Although, obviously, the resulting images are completely brilliant, we can’t help but feel that Testino’s plan to draw attention AWAY from what Kate was wearing was not entirely successful, in that there are about six gazillion people currently awaiting the re-release of the dress in question.  

Mario said that whilst he hadn’t photographed Miss Middleton before, he felt sure that she was going to be a great subject (presumably because she’s completely gorgeous), saying that he ‘already felt confident that she would be an easy sitter, as she has natural grace, a very open personality, and a beautiful face and posture.’ He and Middleton had met twice prior to the sitting, and he had ‘had noticed how beautiful she usually looks in the press and how stylish she is, with a preference for simpler clothes that show off her great figure, and it was a real treat to photograph her.’ We think SOMEBODY might have a new favourite subject.

Slightly oddly, though (is it? Or is it just us?) Testino revealed that he chose to play the same music whilst taking the shots that he used when taking photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales. The singer is an Egyptian/Italian/French singer called Dalida, famed for her extravagant lifestyle as well as her easy-listening toons, with Testino revealing that ‘the contrast of the contemporary informal music playing in the beautiful rooms with so much history caused a lot of laughter.’ Oh, we SO wish we could have been there…


- Alex Butt


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