In a career spanning over three decades, Julien d’Ys has become world renowned for weaving hair into pure theatre. From his Paris atelier he creates coiffured creations which seem of another world – where past and future merge as pure poetry. A long time collaborator with Mario, we asked Julien to name his top 10 favourite Testino shots.
Jd'Y: My muse, my love, Linda. In a series for V Magazine, she became Marie Antoinette. Always my inspiration, without any stress.
Jd'Y: Karlie, with Phyllis Posnick. Those orange sand dunes and those colours - what beauty! A dream trip, with a photo that looks like a painting.
Jd'Y: Still Karlie, on the Great Wall of China - the ruins of the wall offer so much about China and their artistry. We put her in the wig of a Chinese doll! A fantastic trip with Tonne.
Jd'Y: A nodding wink at Frida Kahlo with Karlie as my muse. She has a heart of gold that girl.
Jd'Y: Natalia, Vienna. You can see an air of Mozart in this palace full of history. Her little red wig is a taste of the future.
Jd'Y: The beautiful Kurkova, the rock star. I love this look, it is so rock and roll with those charcoal eyes, inspired by Patti Hansen. It was a great team always looking to create new looks that encompassed the past and the future.
Jd'Y: With this shoot, Amber, Kate, Shalom were the new, baby supermodels following on from the Chanel Couture show. It was a great set on the Tuileries lawn with Mario and Carine Roitfeld.
Jd'Y: A little taste of the divine 'Hairspray' (1988) in New York. We had a lot of fun.
Jd'Y: Mario and Linda spent an afternoon in my workshop, where Linda was willing to play the role of a chameleon. She became a canvas and I was like a painter with a white board.
Jd'Y: The sublime Daria, transformed into my idol Ava Gardner, in Gucci. Our last tango in Buenos Aires. Photographs © Mario Testino