The Vogue Factor begins at the end – Kirstie Clements is sacked after 13 years as editor of Vogue and from there she reflects on her 25 years spent working at Vogue Australia’s magazine headquarters. From front desk to working on photoshoots, from styling and writing beauty editorial, Kirstie delves into what life is like when you are part of such a world-renowned, quality publication.
I was transfixed by this book! Although I’m currently studying publishing, I’ve never really thought about working in the magazine industry and I’m not sure that this book convinced me I would be any good at it because most of Kirstie’s tasks sound terrifying.
As a reader, you’re thrust into a world of models, celebrities, powerful international brands and high-end fashion. It’s fast, it’s competitive, it’s sometimes cut-throat, but it’s also really intriguing and super chic. The fashion world isn’t one that many people gain access to in their life and throughout this book, I felt as though I was Kirstie’s sidekick; a fly on the wall, soaking up all the juicy details and dramas of the fashion world. I particularly enjoyed the historical context of this book. Kirstie explores the challenges of working in a fluctuating publishing industry and the way in which magazine publishing has changed since the birth of the internet. Super interesting stuff.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in fashion, magazines, marketing or publishing – or just anyone who wants to find out what Karl Lagerfeld, Cate Blanchett and Anna Wintour are like in real life.
Buy yourself a copy at Melbourne University Press