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Sunday 14 April 2013

'In Vogue: The Editor's Eye': HBO documentary Australian screening

Watching 'In Vogue: The Editor's View' - produced by HBO Documentary Films to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the iconic US edition of the magazine in 2012 - was mesmerising.

It screened for the first time on Australian TV last night [on Showcase, on Foxtel. It will re-screen soon. Watch it in HD... glorious] and I sat and watched the whole thing like *this [*mouth agape] drinking it in.

Vogue celebrates 120 years of impeccable fashion coverage, and this one-hour documentary, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, this time does not shine a light on the legendary Anna Wintour (she is the focus of 2009's 'The September Issue'), but on the fashion editors behind the publication: eight staffers from past and present who oversee the magazine's elaborate photo shoots, and who "have always been our secret weapon," says Wintour.

Says Anna Wintour in the doco: "Fashion is so universal now. It has been embraced by everybody. But to me, that's what so interesting about fashion... is that fashion is a refection of our times. Fashion can tell you everything that's going on in our world, with a strong fashion image."

So elegantly, eloquently said. Watch the trailer here:

Behold, some of the US Vogue magazine covers of recent times, starting with one of the most breathtaking covers I have seen, featuring Blake Lively. So beautiful, engaging, classic:

And this, Beyonce - the March 2013 edition. I have this and I am inhaling its beauty right now:

Do you have a memory of your fave Vogue edition/cover/era?

I do.

As a young teen [from about age 13] I'd borrow the latest edition of Australian Vogue from my local library and would be transported to another place. And okay, yes... occasionally I'd rip a page out and stick it on my bedroom wall. Until I started work at age 15 and could buy my own copies. And stuck photos of these incredible photo essays all over my walls. I was ob-sessed.

What are your memories of Vogue, and which is your favourite/s international edition/s?

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