VOGUE Living Australia - - Editor’s Letter - EDWINA Mc­CANN

In July, I dined with Col­lette Din­ni­gan and photographer Felix For­est at the beau­ti­ful Masse­ria Tra­panà in Puglia. They had just fin­ished shoot­ing at the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing but am­bi­tious pro­ject to cre­ate this spe­cial is­sue of Vogue Liv­ing. I had in­vited Col­lette to guest-edit the mag­a­zine and cap­ture the Italy she had ex­pe­ri­enced while liv­ing in Rome the year be­fore, through the beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors of the homes of her friends, and her and hus­band Bradley Cocks’s in-depth, in-the-know knowl­edge of travel. They had just pur­chased a prop­erty to ren­o­vate and re­store in Puglia, which was to com­bine their two pas­sions: Italy and in­te­ri­ors. There are guest ed­i­tors — and then there is Col­lette Din­ni­gan. With no for­mer mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, she over­saw ev­ery de­tail of this is­sue. She did the jobs of many ed­i­tors, ob­tain­ing ex­clu­sive ac­cess to prop­er­ties such as the Ro­man palazzo of Princess and Prince Orsini ( page 106) and Fendi CEO Pi­etro Bec­cari’s home ( page 144), and styling the In­spire pages ( page 37) in an­tiques dealer Ly­die du Bray’s store in the NSW South­ern High­lands, where Col­lette has a home. She also pored over ev­ery page un­til it went to print. She would ar­rive in the of­fice for work be­fore nine and stayed one Fri­day night a lot later than me. Col­lette was ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to the pro­ject and brought her ex­cep­tional taste, eye for de­tail and hard-work ethic to it. I am writ­ing this from the Fendi ready-to-wear show in Mi­lan. Last year, when Col­lette was liv­ing in Rome, I at­tended the Haute Four­rure col­lec­tion shown on the Trevi Foun­tain, which Fendi had re­cently cleaned and re­stored to its gleam­ing white glory. Co­in­ci­den­tally, that night at the cel­e­bra­tory din­ner I sat next to Britt Mo­ran of Di­more Stu­dio. I had no idea that, a lit­tle over a year later, I would be writ­ing this let­ter, nor be care­taker edi­tor of this mag­a­zine — but I knew how in­flu­en­tial and highly re­garded he and part­ner Emil­iano Salci are in the de­sign world. We fea­ture the won­der­ful work they have done for Fendi ( page 60), along­side in­te­rior spa­ces they cre­ated espe­cially for Vogue Liv­ing ( page 83). We thank them and all the in­cred­i­ble in­di­vid­u­als who have opened their homes and shared their visions and tal­ents with us in this spe­cial is­sue. Most of all, we thank Felix for tak­ing al­most ev­ery pic­ture (no small feat!), Bradley for guid­ing us through the travel pages, and Lon­don edi­tor Fiona Mc­Carthy for in­ter­view­ing so many of the sub­jects. And, of course, Col­lette, for her pas­sion, in­sa­tiable cre­ativ­ity, gen­eros­ity, per­fec­tion­ism and en­ergy. I know you will love and trea­sure this is­sue as much as we do.

above: in­side the Vene­tian home of Mu­rano glass­maker Mar­can­to­nio Bran­dolini, one of the Ital­ian ar­ti­sans pro­filed on page 136.

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