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Visionaire 46 – Uncensored by Mario Testino

For issue 46, Visionaire pushed the boundaries of both how they presented artwork and also the nature of the content. Mario Testino curated a whole issue dedicated to sex in contemporary art and as such, the issue came with a warning for the easily offended. Housed inside a silkscreened perspex case, the hardback book contained works by a wide range of artists including Tracey Emin, Jeff Burton, Marlene Dumas, Cecily Brown, Vik Muniz, Angus Fairhurst and Testino himself. To add to the sensory nature of the issue many of the works were uniquely presented on tactile inserts of latex, flocked paper, 35mm film and butcher paper and used techniques such as embroidery, embossing, laser cutting and pinpricking. In addition to the works in the book, there is a portfolio in the back that contains 5 previously unpublished original prints by Testino along with swatches from supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s bedsheets and male supermodel Jetzel Padilla’s underwear. The issue was produced in an edition of 2500, below are some of the less graphic images in the issue but caution should still be applied if viewing at work!

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Visionaire 49 – Decades

For issue 49, Visionaire took us on a trip through time from the 1880’s to the present day. Housed inside a huge embossed metallic clamshell case were thirteen foilstamped 18″x14″ sewn portfolios each created by a different artist to embody their assigned decade. The roster of artists included regular contributors Mats Gustafson, Karl Lagerfeld, Nick Knight, Bruce Weber and Lamsweerde & Matadin, each taking a unique and distinct approach to the project; Bruce Weber created a tribute to the soliders of WWII, Mario Testino took images of himself from the 70’s and created colourful montages and Steven Meisel gave us a scrap book of outtakes from numerous projects in the 80’s  The issue was produced in an issue of 4000 and is no longer available direct from Visionaire but can still be found in online bookstores.

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1880s – Craig McDean

1890s – Mats Gustafson

1900s – Nick Knight

1910s – Karl Lagerfeld

1920s – Peter Lindbergh

1930s – Glen Luchford

1940s – Bruce Weber

1950s – David Sims

1960s – Francois Berthoud

1970s – Mario Testino

1980s – Steven Meisel

1990s – Mario Sorrenti

2000s – Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Visionaire 58 – Spirit (A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen)

Following the tragic death of Alexander McQueen in 2010, long time collaborators Visionaire dedicated a whole issue to his genius. Inside a satin covered case, embellished with metal brocade from the S/S10 collection, are a selection of images created by some of the most respected artists in the art and fashion world such as Lamsweerde and Matadin, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein and Nick Knight. Some of the images included are reproduced from previous issues McQueen collaborated on, such as the lenticular cover for Visionaire 27 of Kate Moss on a swing. The remaining images are printed on paper embedded with wildflower seeds so that if you were crazy enough to plant the pages and water them, the pages would blossom. The issue was limited to just 1500 copies, one of the smallest print runs Visionaire does, and sold out immediately.

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Tom Ford

Before establishing his own eponymous empire, Tom Ford spent a decade breathing new life in to two fashion house giants as creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Upon departing from his post in 2004, he published the self titled Tom Ford through Thames & Hudson. The slipcased catalogue documents his ten years at the helm in all its lavish glory, over 200 images show his vision for both brands in terms of not only the fashion but also the advertising and architecture of the stores.  The images inside are taken by some of the worlds top fashion photographers such as Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. The book also charts what perhaps can be considered the birth of Ford’s reputation for provocative advertising, and includes the infamous Sophie Dahl image for YSL’s Opium perfume and the Samuel De Cubber image for YSL’s M7 men’s fragrance. Prefacing the images is an enlightening interview with Ford which gives a very personal insight in to his life and career. I was lucky enough to meet Ford around the time the book came out and he signed my copy for me.

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The One That Started It All

If memory serves me right this is one of the first books that triggered my desire for collecting limited edition books. I present, Visionaire 36 – Power. For those of you that haven’t heard of Visionaire before (there can’t be many of you!), it is “a multi-format album of fashion and art produced in exclusive numbered limited editions”. Since buying this one, my collection has expanded to 20 different issues (there are currently 62).

This issue came in an injection moulded plastic case and the book had Bjork on the cover (one of my favourite musicians). Inside, the images were vibrant and printed using a number of different effects. Below are some of my favourite images.
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The housing

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Mariko Mori – printed with a rainbow metallic effect

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Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (my favourite fashion/art photographers)

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Mario Testino – Pixelated metallic effect

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Peter Saville – This appealed to daytime me (lecturer in medicine)

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