Giovanni Testino


‘I live 100% for the deal.’

Giovanni Testino, the founder of Art Partner,
finally speaks.

By Thomas Lenthal
Portrait by Mario Sorrenti

Giovanni Testino, the founder of Art Partner, finally speaks – Portrait by Mario Sorrenti
Photographers Mario Testino, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Alasdair McLellan, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein and Glen Luchford; stylists Joe McKenna, Camilla Nickerson, Melanie Ward and Marie Chaix; make-up artists and hair stylists Charlotte Tilbury, Didier Malige, and Lucia Pica. These are among the industry’s biggest names, allied by the fact they’re all represented by one agency: Art Partner.

While Art Partner represents the most recognised names in fashion, the man at the top, founder Giovanni Testino is famously terse, ensuring the spotlight is on those he works with. As those Art Partner represents travel between the fashion capitals to work on styling and shooting the season’s biggest shows, System revisits its conversation with the agency’s founder.

Read Testino’s first ever interview, in which he discusses the secret to keeping artists relevant, and the similarities between running a creative agency, and a telenovela.