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Vogue Australia

Vogue Australia December 2019

Vogue Australia epitomises the finest in fashion, design and journalism. It enlightens, entertains and inspires by focusing on its position as the authoritative voice in Australian fashion. Vogue Australia combines a modern mix of glamour, style and intelligence presenting the ultimate in fashion, beauty, health, and the arts.

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6 Issues


1 min.
team vogue

3 min.
vogue australia

Edwina McCann Editor-in-Chief editor@vogue.com.au Deputy Editor JESSICA MONTAGUE features@vogue.com.au Fashion Director CHRISTINE CENTENERA Creative Director (Condé Nast Australia titles) JILLIAN DAVISON Creative Director (Features) at Large ALISON VENESS ART art@vogue.com.au Art Director MANDY ALEX Deputy Art Director DIJANA MADDISON Designer ARQUETTE COOKE FASHION fashion@vogue.com.au Senior Fashion Editor KATE DARVILL Fashion Editor and Market Director PHILIPPA MORONEY Junior Fashion Editor PETTA CHUA Market Editor KAILA MATTHEWS Style Content Editor REBECCA SHALALA Fashion Assistant REBECCA BONAVIA BOOKINGS bookings@vogue.com.au Executive Producer and Talent Director RIKKI KEENE Senior Producer LAUREN BARGE Bookings Editor EMMA PROUDFOOT Producer SAMANTHA TREYVAUD FASHION FEATURES vogue@vogue.com.au Fashion Features Director ALICE BIRRELL Fashion Features Assistant JEN NURICK BEAUTY AND HEALTH beauty@vogue.com.au Senior Beauty and Health Editor REMY RIPPON Health Editor at Large JODY SCOTT Beauty Special Projects RICKY ALLEN COPY copy@vogue.com.au Travel Editor and Copy Editor MARK SARIBAN Deputy Copy Editor and Lifestyle Writer CUSHLA CHAUHAN Sustainability Editor at Large CLARE PRESS Arts Writer JANE ALBERT Managing…

11 min.
editor’s letter

In editing Vogue, I have been entrusted with a most privileged stewardship: to tell our own stories and reflect not only who we are, but also who has helped us along the way to our distinct Australian identity and style. It is an unmissable fact that many of these are the truly remarkable women who have graced our pages over six decades – one of the longest histories of a Vogue anywhere in the world. “There are now four Vogues,” wrote Rosemary Cooper in her editor’s letter for the first ever standalone Australian issue in August 1959. “American Vogue, English Vogue, French Vogue and Vogue Australia.” Over the past 60 years, Vogue Australia has grown with Australia and Australians. And in this exciting digital age offering unlimited opportunity, we have so much more…

8 min.
the visionary

TO REFLECT ON Vogue Australia’s history is to remember Bernie Leser, the founding father of our magazine. Born in 1925, Leser fled Nazi Germany for New Zealand in 1939 and went on to study business at the University of Auckland. Two decades later, in 1959, Leser was tasked with the lofty challenge of launching Vogue Australia (and later Vogue Living ), persuading mass audiences that high fashion had a place in our society. Leser’s influence was felt beyond our shores, culminating in being named managing director of Condé Nast’s UK operations in 1976 and then president of the US arm of Condé Nast by legendary publishing magnate Si Newhouse Jr in 1987. During his career he also helped launch Condé Nast Traveller , Allure and German Vogue , the latter of…

4 min.
year of wonders

WHILE WORKING THIS year on two major projects involving Norman Parkinson, who died in 1990, I was delighted to learn he had contributed images to the first two issues of Vogue Australia. I also discovered that the transparencies had survived in the Norman Parkinson Archive, together with an important unidentified portrait. It turned out to be a sitting with actress Deborah Kerr, taken especially for the magazine, in England. It was in anticipation of her travelling to Australia to appear in the film The Sundowners , with Peter Ustinov and Robert Mitchum. Of most interest was the image used for the first cover of Vogue Australia, which only credits the photographer and not the model. It is in an extraordinary soft focus with an ethereal composition to convey seashell colourings of…

2 min.
remembering norman parkinson

Actor Kate Fitzpatrick was in her late 20s when she was invited to be photographed by Norman Parkinson in 1977. They first met at the legendary Sydney restaurant Le Café. At the time it was the place where actors, writers, artists, lawyers and politicians converged. Here she shares her memory of what it was like to work with him. “I was having lunch with friends when someone came over and said Norman Parkinson would like to take my photograph. I looked across the room and a very tall man in a loose white linen shirt and an embroidered skull cap stood up and waved. He had a silver-white moustache, a big Terry Thomas smile and very sparkly eyes. I waved back. I didn’t know who he was at the time, but…