sábado, 8 de agosto de 2009

Vogue Australia Cumple 50 Años

Vogue Australia Septiembre 2009: Cate Blanchett by David Downton

La revista Vogue Australia festeja sus 50 aniversario en la industria de la moda con una edición especial de 364 páginas y cuatro tapas protagonizadas por Cate Blanchet.
La actriz australiana posó especialmente para el ilustrador David Downton.
Abajo, la carta a los lectores de Kristie Clements, la editora de la revista.

Por Kirstie Clements
Fifty years of Vogue Australia. It seems hard to believe that we have come to that milestone and, at first, the idea of producing the commemorative issue was daunting.
How to sum up five decades of Vogue, of the emerging role of women and the evolution of both fashion and style in Australia in one edition? I felt that something as momentous as our 50th needed to be addressed on two fronts: with a book that celebrates and marks our past achievements (see page 177) while the September issue itself concentrates on where we are now and hints at all the excitement of the future.
Vogue has the ability to draw the world’s most impressive people into its orbit and this issue features many women I admire greatly. Our governor-general Quentin Bryce is a long-time Vogue reader and I was thrilled when she agreed to write a piece for us, sharing her life journey over the past five decades and her extraordinary achievements as an academic, lawyer, wife, mother, feminist and, now, as a very inspirational head of state. Jana Wendt is a media personality who commands great respect, and I’m sure readers will love her very sharp and honest story about her feelings on turning 50. Director Gillian Armstrong has shared her favourite films of all time and author Kate Grenville has nominated the novels that changed her life.
Vogue stands for fashion, this is true, but the magazine has always been infused with the viewpoints of strong and intelligent women. I particularly love our fashion feature “Vogue’s favourite moments in Australian fashion” (see page 130), meticulously researched by writer Natasha Inchley. We all know what goes around comes around, so here’s a big tip – if you have any 80s dresses by Robert Burton in your wardrobe, pull them out now. Or maybe give them to your daughter …
And, of course, the issue stars all our famous Aussie models (for where would Vogue be without them?), especially two of the hottest young models on the planet, Catherine McNeil and Abbey Lee. I love the fact that our readers are so enamoured of our local girls, and there seems to be no shortage of leggy, gorgeous home-grown models coming through the ranks. Just look at Holly Thompson in “Short and suite” (see page 312).
Which brings me to the star of our cover (or, I should say, four covers), Cate Blanchett. Cate needs no introduction to the Vogue reader – she has featured in the magazine on numerous occasions and is always gracious, professional and spectacular. I have been on several sittings with Cate over the years, but this one, without a doubt, was my favourite. It was Vogue art director Ella Munro who came up with the idea of having Cate sit for renowned illustrator David Downton, who of course leapt at the chance to capture such an icon. We all met up at The Dorchester hotel in London (Cate found a spare day in the midst of shooting her latest film) and we approached the sitting as one would a photographic shoot: hair, make-up, new season fashion, the works. The portraits speak for themselves – Cate is just superb and I am honoured
that she has contributed so much to Vogue Australia’s legacy.
And what of the other members of the extended Vogue family, the international designers? We asked 10 of the world’s top talents to design the quintessential Australian fashion item, the great Aussie cossie. Look out for Karl Lagerfeld’s trompe-l’oeil bikini on a wetsuit!
I am thrilled to be the editor of Vogue on this important birthday, and to be part of the celebrations, along with the wonderful Vogue staff. But above all, most sincerely, I am thrilled to be celebrating with our loyal readers.
Some may have been with us for 50 years, some may be new to the magazine, but everyone of you deserves the very best. Fotos birdyandme para tfs

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