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Vogue Australia March 2021

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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 Vogue team had originally planned this March edition, which heralds a new season of fashion, as the ‘conscious’ issue. It seemed appropriate because we all felt so much more conscious of everything and everyone around us, and it feels as though we are entering a new era of being more conscious of our consumption and our responsibilities to one another. We are appreciative of the beautiful island we live on, and yet also mindful we are unable to leave it. We are aware of how much we love and appreciate friendships and family, and the simpler things in life, but dread the idea of being isolated from or again locked down with those we love. It still feels at odds with our democratic values to be required to give up…

2 min.

JORDAN GOGOS Sydney-based designer Jordan Gogos drew inspiration from Dr Seuss for his work on Gemma Ward’s cover shoot, and Austin Powers for his artistic contribution to ‘The community-minded’ feature, from page 76. “Both sets were created from found or discarded materials,” he says. “I search for things which inform what I’m going to make. I like making sense of things that usually don’t make sense together.” The multidisciplinary artist enjoyed collaborating with photographer Joe Brennan and make-up artist Sean Brady “with no set confines or limitations”, and found joy in “bridging both the natural world and the out-of- this-world Gemma together through art and colour”. MEENA HARRIS For author and entrepreneur Meena Harris, the women in her life always instilled the belief in her own power to make change. “My childhood was…

5 min.
meena harris on raising strong women

AS LONG AS I can remember, I’ve considered myself to be two things: an optimist and a problem-solver. Neither happened by accident. Growing up in a social justice family, I learned these qualities (and so many others) from the extraordinary women in my life: a hardworking single mother. An aunt who lives out the importance and impact of public service every day. A grandmother who taught me to always try and make a difference – always , big or small – in everything I do. Especially since I became a mum myself in 2016, I’ve marvelled at how each of these women managed to live three distinct lives at once, juggling the demands of parenthood, professional success and public-minded activism. All parents – but mothers in particular – face enormous pressure…

4 min.
the expressionists

AUSTRALIAN WILD CARDS AMONG THE PURE EXPRESSIONISTS IS A GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS CREATING WORK THAT BORDERS ON ART. THEY SEE THE WORLD THEIR OWN WAY, AND THEY’RE TAKING US WITH THEM. Alix Higgins Living in Paris, designer Alix Higgins found himself feeling that familiar Australian longing for his home landscape. He channelled it into a signature ultramodern print, which represents “a never-ending sunset, a horizon to wrap oneself in”. Being inspired by the early internet (when it was “frenetic, boundless and free”), Higgins’s pieces were first crafted for friends and his designs and campaign images serve as unintentional celebrations of queerness and gender fluidity. Lines between real and digital ostensibly blur more every day, but Higgins’s garments facilitate a middle ground by bringing “the digital into the real world to show that…

1 min.
the pure creators

Matty Bovan He is the original DIY, made-at-home (literally up North in England’s city of York) designer and all is made with love, ingenuity and scraps, patchworked and reconfigured. He studied fashion knitwear at Central Saint Martins and, since graduating in 2015, has challenged ideas around taste with his trash/treasure ethos. His work is organic, bold, poetic, sculptural, layered, reclaimed and totally original. And most importantly, one of a kind. Charles de Vilmorin In mid-2020, at 23, he emerged in Paris against the Covid odds, a graduate of the École de la Chambre Syndicale with a smoldering powerhouse of swirling hand-drawn prints, patchworking, dyeing, painting and embroidery, launched via Instagram. His ingenuity and refreshing sense of theatre and riot of ideas are reinvigorating in what could be a dark time. And he reminds…

6 min.
open source

A POET, AN army of knitters, a heroine in white and a man and his dream factory. It is not a surreal fairytale, but rather a round-up of the most influential forces in fashion in the past 12 months and they extend far beyond solemn sfilate and défilés in the style capitals. Step up: Amanda Gorman, the poet laureate in Prada at the US presidential inauguration whose blazing sunshine-yellow coat emanated hope; Harry Styles’s JW Anderson patchwork cardigan which inspired TikTok users to knit their own (#HarryStylesCardigan has 55 million views and rising); Kamala Harris’s white Carolina Herrera suit, which spiked searches for the style by 129 per cent on fashion search platform Lyst in the 24 hours after her November victory speech; and Alber Elbaz’s AZ Factory – a…