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Vogue Australia August 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

4 min.
editor’s letter

Astrology is a major driver of traffic on Vogue.com.au. Recently we matched star signs to wines. I am not sure how scientific the advice was, but the story was hugely popular. I think in an increasingly secular society it is interesting that in hard times audience trends suggest many of us are looking to our horoscopes for some clarity. I must confess I am sceptical. I once made the mistake of removing the horoscopes in Vogue resulting in an influx of tweets and emails from readers whom I dutifully listened to and returned the page. What troubled times these are and continue to be at the time of writing with Melbourne in a second lockdown. If Vogue’s horoscopes offer an antidote to some of our anxiety then publish more we shall.…

4 min.

GRACE DLABIK “After 23 years of being in the industry of fashion [and] pop culture, I’m finally invited to sit at the table! I plan to achieve a lot,” says Melanesian, Papua New Guinean and Austrian creative director and curator Grace Dlabik, who was enlisted as a key contributor for this issue and asked to help curate a portfolio of progressive commentators for, ‘Raising voices’ from page 92. Via her Melbourne-based company BE. One Creative, Dlabik works to give talented youth – particularly those from marginalised minorities – a platform that allows their voices to be heard. “I started the collective in response to not having these spaces when I was younger, where we could be inspired to become critical thinkers, where we could feel welcomed and a sense of belonging.” YVONNE…

5 min.
vivian pham on reigniting our inner child

IT IS A strange time to be alive, and an even stranger time to be a child. Toddlers today are only doing it for the first time and should not therefore be regarded as authorities in their field. Only handfuls of humans have managed to remain in the Eden of their own imagining, never having left behind the sunlit scenery of their early years, and it is they who set examples for the rest. But most of us have lost touch with the children we once were, either simply through negligence or due to having been forced by circumstance to grow up prematurely. In spite of how convinced we may at this present moment be of our own adultness, however, there is a possibility that our younger selves never stopped…

9 min.
matters of fact

I HAVE PROTESTED my whole life, starting in the Aboriginal movement in Sydney during the 1970s led by siblings Paul and Isabell Coe, Billy Craigie, many Wiradjuri Elders, Shirley ‘Mum Shirl’ Smith, Carmine and Lyall Munro Snr, Ann (Coe) and George Weldon, Lyn (Craigie) and Peter Thompson, Kaye and Bob Bellear, Naomi Mayers, Tony Coorey and Alana Coorey (Doolan), brothers Bertie and Bindi Williams, Gary Foley and Gary Williams. Our chants of “What do we want?” and “What do we get?” were never treated the same for us as Aboriginal people as they were for non-Aboriginal people. These memories remain with me because our lives mattered then and still matter now. The chants were about wanting land rights, but it was never only about land. It was always about our…

13 min.
turning the page

WHEN MARIAN WRIGHT Edelman said: “You can’t be what you can’t see,” the American activist hit on the effect under-representation can have on those who don’t see themselves in mainstream media. The #VogueChallenge hashtag sees users capturing their own images and has garnered 275K posts on social media at time of writing. As individuals from all around the world have produced these covers in their entirety, often conceptualising, photographing, modelling and MARLEY MORGAN “I am a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri and Yuwaalaraay nations. I work and operate in Gumbaynggirr country. I am a mother to two boys. My work reflects my personality and my deep connection to Country and culture. I am a passionate believer in keeping culture alive through learning from it, growing by it and passing it on to…

7 min.
fresh takes

AS MUCH AS this year has presented challenges, it has also presented opportunities. With uncertainty facing everyone, for young people the world’s current state of flux forms a natural nexus with the usual unanswered questions in a formative life stage. As establishment commentators in the industry take a gamble guessing what the coming chapters might hold, it is the next generation that it will practically affect the most. There are question marks around fashion’s future: who will weather the economic pressures? Will this really be a time of great change? How will we protect the more vulnerable independent voices? How can we be better? So we put it to recent or soon-to-be graduating fashion students here in Australia, to tell us about the impact of a pandemic and where they…