Edi­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - MICHELLE HUR­LEY

A few years ago in Sydney, I edited a glossy city mag­a­zine that came out with the news­pa­per. It was just post the GFC, so the screws were on with our bud­get. The edi­tor of the pa­per — a gre­gar­i­ous, di­shev­elled bear of a man — went through our costs line by line and stopped when he saw how much we paid our fash­ion stylist. Why, he won­dered, did we even have to pay her, rea­son­ing out loud, “She gets free hand­bags, isn’t that enough?” I replied through grit­ted teeth that if that was the cri­te­ria, then per­haps the sports edi­tor could make do with some free T-shirts and foot­balls. The point I’m mak­ing is that be­ing a fash­ion edi­tor is re­garded as one of those ca­reers. You know, one where most peo­ple as­sume the job is a walk in the park, all front-row shows and goodie bags. The irony is, it’s ac­tu­ally a hugely dif­fi­cult job. In fact most fash­ion ed­i­tors spe­cialise and are ei­ther fash­ion stylists or fash­ion writ­ers. Not so Can­vas and Viva fash­ion edi­tor Dan Ahwa, who styled this week’s six-page fash­ion spe­cial and has also writ­ten a very en­ter­tain­ing and clear-eyed es­say about what his job re­ally en­tails. And no, he doesn’t get paid in hand­bags.

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