On its release a year ago, SIR (Limited Edition), spanned several decades, with men of every permutation. Mario’s catalogue of masculinity is a defining work, especially given his habit of capturing feminine allure. One year on, Mario lists his favourite shots, from rock stars to royalty, that are thoroughly SIR.
MT: I love Cam Newton because he represents a world that is so different to mine. The amazing sportsman, with the fur coat, the gold, the chains. I like this idea of a very masculine man, not caring at all whether this looks feminine or not.
MT: I love this feminine approach, but also the undercurrent of mystery – who is this guy? I also like the touch of the green leather jacket, both in good taste and bad taste.
MT: This portrait feels intimate, as it shows the pattern maker for the Burberry Bridle Bag.
MT: This image of the surfers competing in Australia was really quite inspiring for me. I always find the idea of excellence in sport exciting.
MT: Lucky Blue looks incredible, all in red, striking in this red women’s outfit. It was previously worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for British Vogue as well!
MT: HRH Crown Prince Frederick, with his wife HRH Crown Princess Mary, represents tradition in an amazing way. They’ve managed to make it modern without losing any of the traditional side.
MT: I love this Ashton Eaton picture, because this uniform was designed especially for the Olympics and we had access to it before it was actually used! That’s part of what I love about this job, getting to be ahead of time.
MT: I love this portrait of Michael Kors and Lance Le Perem because it’s a celebration of their marriage, showing the courage that it takes for two men to live a life together completely in public.
MT: It's so interesting to get to know these icons, and then we get to see their children as well - a new generation of talent!
MT: This boy is so relaxed, calm, composed. I feel he completely represents an idea of youth, with that confidence. Photographs © Mario Testino