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Vogue Australia June/July 2020

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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

in this issue

5 min.
editor’s letter

It may seem strange to read this at the start of winter, but the overwhelming message I got from reviewing this issue of Vogue before it went to press was: now is the time to turn towards the sun. Sunlight is a defining element of Australian life. It illuminates our sunburnt plains (and sometimes, regrettably, sunburnt people), gleams off our waters and makes our skies the bluest of blues. Visiting foreign and expat photographers inevitably comment on this unique quality of light. Unique also describes our antipodean experience of Covid-19. It appears, at the time of writing, that Australians and New Zealanders have worked together as communities and governments to bring the health issue under control, leaving us well prepared to deal with and contract-trace any clusters, and treat those who are…

2 min.

FIONA LOWRY Vogue Australia enlisted Archibald Prize-winning artist Fiona Lowry to paint Cate Blanchett specially for this issue. The final product took two weeks to complete after Blanchett was photographed at home in the UK. “To have her appear as herself in one of my paintings was incredibly special,” says Lowry. “For me it’s a moment of surrender,” she continues. “There was a moment during the crisis where everything we had planned had to be let go of, and when that acceptance came it was so beautiful to have stillness and quiet. My work is often about capturing someone going through an experience, and this work also speaks to this idea.” DEAN DREW In this issue, model Lily Nova stars in Vogue’s very first virtual fashion shoot, ‘Screen queen’, from page 96, captured…

4 min.
victoria beckham on kindness

“It’s our responsibility to protect and explain this crazy time to our children and to focus on being more patient and supportive of each other” GROWING UP, MY parents always taught me the importance of kindness, and with my children, I’ve always said the same thing: it doesn’t matter how smart you are, how you look or how you dress, what’s most important is that you are kind to other people. When I was at school, I was quite an awkward teenager; I didn’t have a huge amount of friends, and looking back I recognise that I was bullied at times. I would never want anyone else to feel how I was made to feel. So when Harper started school, I said to her: “If you’re ever in the playground and there’s…

11 min.
dressing for the occasion

IT’S THE PANDEMIC phrase repeated over and over these days: we’re in a war, we’re fighting a war. It may not be a war that’s raining down bombs and bullets, but there are strangely similar parallels to the last great conflagration of the second world war: a lethal enemy is being fought on the home front as we shelter, in families, in communities, by heroes and heroines on the front lines in hospitals and care homes. And meanwhile, it’s precisely the World War II generation – our grandmothers and great-grandmothers who lived through it – who we’re all being called upon to protect. As the 1940s speak to current times with a startling new relevance, what that era has to teach us is suddenly a fascinatingly useful area to explore. The…

7 min.
guiding spirit

I HAVE SPENT the past decade studying numbers, bugs and humans from various angles, and only scratched the surface of what there is to know. I am a humanitarian-idealist camouflaged as an epidemiologist. In 2007, I started my career as a 23-year-old at NSW Health, where I worked on outbreaks like swine flu (H1N1), but mostly we looked at chronic diseases: cancer, heart disease, diabetes. It was dull, and I wanted more. I had seen sweaty medics in oversized white T-shirts working in Ethiopia on TV when I was in primary school. I was dismayed that the fear of blood and guts prevented me from studying medicine and joining them. Nevertheless, I was determined to usher the world toward peace somehow. At a conference in Sydney in 2009, a jumpy, red-faced veterinarian…

5 min.
listen closely

DURING LOCKDOWN, I dusted off my dad’s 1960s record player, a sleek Dansette Regina with a Garrard 3000 turntable. Thankfully there was an old but unused diamond-tipped stylus in the case. Dad has a small but solid collection of LPs, so I’ve listened to Louis Armstrong, His Greatest Years , Volume 4 , the Mills Brothers’ London Rhythm and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. I was raised on jazz, Louis mainly, as well as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more, and for many years growing up, Dad and I would sit in the soundproof booth of a record shop sampling albums. For that reason, Virgil Abloh’s Instagram post in late March resonated with me. He declared: “Advanced warning. My return to djing means I’m playing 85% jazz. Those are the records I’m listening to…