Former architect and sister of famous fashion photographer Mario Testino, Giuliana Testino entered the fashion world a few years ago "inspired by the culture and the colors of Peru". When she wanted to start producing her line of sophisticated knitting and embroideries, however, she found that in her native country there wasn't much structure for fashion, so she turned to skilled women in Lima's poor neighborhoods.
In the past year, the designer has joined forces with Fashion for Development, an organization that aims to gather high fashion actors with craftworkers from communities in need. The idea is to integrate them to commercial circuits that can provide greater sources of income through micro-credits, which help them to develop their craft. She has also been working with Women Together, a non governmental organization with a similar goal oriented to improve women and children's lifestyle around the world.
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Via Glamour magazine Spain.The pieces on her collections are one of a kind and involve the work of over 400 craftswomen. Each piece takes from two to three weeks to produce, and is made with local Peruvian materials such as pima cotton and baby alpaca wool.
About her style, the designer says on her website: "We have found a product that is light, sensual and romantic, where we can appreciate the artistic work of the hand crafter. We believe in the sensibility of the people who love and enjoy hand work."
Giuliana Testino's studio in Peru is at 2096 Del Ejercito Av., San Isidro neighborhood, Lima; and her clothes can be found in stores in USA, England, France, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Singapore and Spain (see stores names in her website). ::Giuliana Testino
Genovesa dress, from the 2006 collection, made from 100% pima cotton.
Isolda cardigan, also from 100% pima cotton and part of Testino's latest collection.
Pink dress from pima cotton.