Kirstie is regarded as one of Australia’s most successful and respected media executives, with more than 35 years’ experience across print, television, radio, digital and social media. She is the former editor in chief of Vogue Australia, ex features director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia, current weekly columnist for the New Daily news website, a contributing editor to House and Garden and Belle magazines, and a respected authority in the Australian fashion, beauty and lifestyle industry.
She is also a prolific author. Her first non-fiction book, In Vogue, 50 Years of Australian Style was published in 2009 by Harper Collins. The Vogue Factor (MUP 2013) , her memoir of nearly three decades in prestige fashion publishing achieved global press attention and became an international best-seller in seven countries and she appeared as a guest on The View in the US. She also co-wrote Fashion, The First Fifty Years from The Australian Women’s Weekly (May 2014) published by the National Library Australia and a fifth book, Impressive, How to Have a Stylish Career, a manual for young people in the fashion industry. In September 2022 she released Why Did I Buy That? Fashion Mistakes, Life Lessons (Murdoch Books) in the Australia, UK and US markets.
Kirstie writes regularly for various publications and websites including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Vogue India, Belle, House & Garden, Sunday Life and The Guardian and is a regular commentator on both radio and television, including ABC Radio nationally, the Today Show, Sunrise, The Drum, Australian Story, Mornings and Studio Ten. She is a regular guest speaker at events related to fashion, including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, the Rockhampton Art Gallery and The National Library, and has spoken at sold out events such the Sydney and Bendigo Writers Festivals, and Business Chicks.
Kirstie is a strong advocate for diversity, with a robust track record of supporting and mentoring young people. She is a senior lecturer in fashion journalism at FBI Fashion College, Sydney and is a popular key-note speaker and panellist, regularly hosting charity and not for profit events. She is also sits as a board director at FARE.
Kirstie can appreciate an idea or a see a spark in a person before the rest of the world can. In my case, she was one of the first real supporters of my independent magazine, Inprint, and a huge collaborator on that. She has been my agony aunt, mentor and friend, it has been a very well rounded and amazing experience.
Megha Kapoor, Editor VOGUE India