Thursday, July 1, 2010

Farewell Vogue Entertaining Guide

After visiting Vogue Australia and Vogue Living magazine offices each day last week as I dropped my daughter Rebecca off for her wonderful week of work experience, I couldn't help but notice that there was something missing.

The magazine & the team of Vogue Entertaining Guide

After 30 years of amazing magazines it has finished

I was told a couple of months ago that the end had come for this lovely magazine and I just couldn't believe it then.

I was with Vogue Entertaining Guide when I was 25 years old (23 years ago) on the very small editorial team as Editorial Associate, creating & art directing stories and styling food and table settings in many private homes and wonderful restaurants with amazing chefs. I was also the one to create the pages "Entertaining Ideas" which I just loved to bits ...and I also loved, loved, loved helping with the table settings pages.

This is a small selection of some of my work from the 80's when I worked there, I'm sorry these images are a bit scratched & dusty as they are from my old portfolio book.

I worked with Executive Chef, Serge Dansereau (from the restaurant & book Bather's Pavilion at Balmoral) on this fantastic story on Zucchini blossoms and I spent many of my days in the kitchen at the Regent Hotel. I must find the chocolate stories that we did together, it was an amazing story!!

This was a an afternoon tea tennis party, silver, crystal and more....
Aren't all tennis parties like this?

and more silver ......

It really was an amazing job, being able to set up photographs with wonderful items,

I would arrive at homes full of antique silver, beautiful china and glassware and set tables and create...... I was so blessed

This was story I did in Canberra and an unexpected delight as I had planned to do a story on a wonderful new food shop and as the day unfolded we ended up photographing all this amazing food in the homes of the owners. My story ended up getting eight pages.

and styling in the Vogue Studio,

My Entertaining Idea pages, this one was about all the wonderful items available for a cocktail party. I gathered items for everywhere and photographed this in a studio. Ice buckets, champagne buckets, beautiful bottle openers, bottle stoppers, accoutrement's and more. I also collected some wonderful antique baskets which were perfect for storing wine.

One of my covers photographed in the Southern Highlands,

The tray that I used below for this breakfast in bed was actually a mirror.

Farewell my wonderful old friend,

I have so many happy memories of the years that I worked with Vogue Entertaining Guide,

I certainly learnt many, many things while I was there and my life was so enriched.


Entertaining & table settings are still such a strong part of my life and my work and

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch in the USA is celebrating her 97th Tablescape Thursday party today and I just love being a part of it and visiting everyone.

All images from Styling by Coty Farquhar