To celebrate Vogue Japan’s 15th anniversary, the November 2014 edition is a special issue that has been photographed and guest-edited by influential photographer and regular Vogue contributor Mario Testino.
Testino chose the theme of ‘Obsession’ for the special issue saying: “I have been going to Japan on and off since the 1980s and since my very first experiences there I felt a spirit I really connected with. I found, on so many levels, that whatever the Japanese did, they did with absolute and unwavering conviction. It was this, which I came to view as obsession; it is a way of being that I have followed in my own life and career.” Not only photographing all the magazine’s editorial features, Testino, with his agency MarioTestino+, has applied a one-off bespoke treatment to the magazine’s design. This is the eighth special edition of an international Vogue that Testino has guest-edited
Testino photographed many of his stories for this special issue while on assignment for the magazine in Japan. Exploring the theme of obsession, Testino, together with Vogue’s Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo, first took to the streets of downtown Shibuya in Tokyo to capture a story devoted to the extraordinary street styles unique to this part of the world. Testino’s obsession with tradition can be seen expressed in another editorial showing the bourgeois elegance of the modern Geisha. Also in the issue is an homage to Yoko Ono and John Lennon, portraits of Japanese artists and performers, a celebration of Comme des Garcons and a shoot inspired by Testino’s take on Japanese precision and the styles of the moment.