Vogue editor sacked as heads roll at News Magazines
Out of Vogue ... magazine editor Kirstie Clements has been sacked. Photo: Helen Nezdropa
The Australian fashion industry is in shock following the sudden exit of Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements after 10 years as editor-in-chief of the magazine.
The chief executive of NewsLifeMedia, Nicole Sheffield, today announced that Edwina McCann had been appointed editor-in-chief.
McCann has been the editor of arch rival publication Harper's Bazaar for the past three years.
How bazaar ... Harper's Bazaar editor Edwina McCann will take over at Vogue. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Her defection to Vogue will be seen as a major blow for Bazaar, published by ACP Magazines, and a big coup for its rival.
It is understood Clements, who was with Vogue for 13 years, was one of three senior executives to face the axe at the Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Magazines publishing house.
The others were Inside Out magazine editor Richard Waller and News Magazines lifestyle group editor Mark Kelly.
The changes follow the recent appointment of Sheffield as chief executive officer of the magazines group, and rumours of wide-ranging cultural change across the entire parent company, News Ltd, since the arrival of Kim Williams as chief executive officer.
Clements had recently celebrated her 50th birthday and is well respected within the Australian fashion industry and also on the international stage, where she regularly attends the European runway shows.
McCann will be responsible for the Vogue Australia brand across print and digital platforms, including vogue.com.au.
She said: "I started my career at Vogue and I am very excited about returning to work for the world's most powerful fashion media brand. The opportunities for this formidable brand online and in a social media landscape are endless and our future is very bright indeed."