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Vogue Australia September 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

3 min.
editor’s letter

The September cover looks and feels like no other. That is because in such hard times we wanted to offer you hope. In April, led by Anna Wintour, all the editors of Vogue met virtually to discuss how we might work together to offer our readers a message of optimism. Therefore, hope is the word that appears on each of Vogue’s 26 September issues published around the world in 2020. For the masthead of our websites, the word Vogue has been replaced by Hope, with the name Vogue designed to sit in the letter ‘o’ of that word. For Vogue Australia, looking to illustrate this word led us to the work of Betty Muffler. So for the first time in our 60-year history, we are publishing fine art on our cover.…

2 min.

KELLI COLE AND AIDAN HARTSHORN For this issue, Vogue asked Warumungu/Luritja woman Kelli Cole, and Walgalu man of the Gurmal Nation, Aidan Hartshorn – both curators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia – to explore the power of traditional healer Betty Muffler’s cover art in ‘Magic touch’, page 100, and ‘High hopes’, on page 162. “Though her story is threaded with obstacles, Betty is able to continue with her ability as a Ngangkari and find the strength to heal others from their illnesses,” they explain. “Betty’s story not only originates from a place of hope, but reminds us that in current times hope is all we have, and at times, is all we need.” TRENT DALTON “Words were the best thing we humans ever invented,” says…

11 min.
trent dalton on heroes and hope

THE HEROES NEVER changed form. Always flesh and blood; arms and legs and beating hearts as wide as this country. It was the villains who kept morphing on me. I once thought the bad guys all dressed like Darth Vader. Then I learned that the villains in my world wore Jackie Howe singlets and Stubbies shorts and double-plug blue rubber flip-flops that slapped against old wooden hallway floorboards to rhythms of their rage. That man-child monster my mum fell in love with once. That fat-bellied, fire-breathing dragon villain that she slayed without a sword, without a shield; nothin’ but a broke-down heart and two feet to walk away from the battle. And pistols at dawn for any mortal who dares to tell me she wasn’t Perseus, Odysseus and Luke fucking…

5 min.
a new day

ON THE UP Beyond being a buzzword, upcycling is becoming part of the day-to-day of designers who don’t let cast-off materials limit imagination. Like KitX’s clothing, Prada’s Re-Nylon collection and Gucci’s Off The Grid bags reform regenerated nylon out of marine litter from the oceans, while young talents Jordan Gogos and Roylance retrain fabrics, used in existing objects, into joyful, fun-for-the-sake-of-it, exuberant shapes. HANDMADE TALE A time of physical disconnect means handmade pieces that hew to the effects of the human touch hold added appeal. Both Lyn-Al Young’s individually handpainted silk, which holds the stories of her ancestors, and the precise, carefully crafted lines of Van Cleef & Arpels long-standing Alhambra collection, have a warmth no machine could ever replicate. TOP STITCHES Tiwi designer Clair Helen hand-embroiders and sews her couture-like creations using skills passed…

6 min.
the fashion manifesto

ODE TO JOY Though the fantastical gowns of red-carpet proportions were dreamt up prior to a global pandemic, there lies in their abundant skirts and gleaming adornments a clear-eyed belief in the joy of dressing up. Being well turned-out takes thought and care, seen in Gucci’s churchgoers, Simone Rocha’s pristinely prim smocks and Molly Goddard’s gossamer tiers. Defiance now includes a pleasure in the ritual of piecing together a look with an after-eight feel, no matter where we’re headed. Call it a roaming romanticism for the freewheeling freedom we will forever be able to enjoy in the mind’s eye, until we can return, with abandon, to occasions worthy of floor-sweeping trains and Watteau-scale silhouettes. The optimism of youth lives on in the new guard of designers to know: Christopher John Rogers, Dilara…

3 min.
fine lines

SPOTLIGHT FROM TIME TO time, artist Frances Cannon would see her work walk by on the street. “Sometimes I’ll let it go, but sometimes I’ll say: ‘Oh, nice tattoo.’” A creator of large-scale paintings, she also commands a sizeable fan base with her small line drawings, which she shares on Instagram and subsequently often end up on people’s arms, legs and hands … with her permission. “I love it that people connect so much with my work that they want to put it on them,” she says from Melbourne, two weeks into lockdown. “The first person, other than myself, who got my work tattooed is my best friend. So, it started off from a place of love and connection, and that has carried over to people I’ve never met before.” Though…