Traditional women's dress. Province of Espinar. Cusco, Peru 2007.
Legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino has a new exhibit opening today at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute (684 Park Ave.) and, judging by these preview images, the photos might be some of his most stunning work yet. Called Alta Moda (or "high fashion"), the show features a series of photos Testino shot over a five-year period in his native Peru. Inspired by the work of Latin American photographers like Martín Chambi, Testino traveled to the Andean city of Cusco -- to scout literal "high fashion" -- where he photographed Peruvians in traditional dress. Given Testino's influence on the fashion industry, don't be surprised if some of the bright colors, alpaca furs or striking patterns turn up on the runway down the road.
Alta Moda runs from November 20-March 29
Male costume for the Carnaval de Ccatcca. District of Ccatcca, province of Quispicanchi. Cusco, Peru, 2010
Qhapaq qolla dance costume. District and province of Paucartambo. Cusco, Peru 2010
Traditional women's dress. Rural community of Chahuaytire District of Pisac, province of Calca. Cusco, Peru, 2012.
All photos by Mario Testino