Lunchbox / Soapbox

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Kirstie Clements: Inside the Fashion Juggernaut: The good, the bad and the really ugly

In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was sacked after more than a decade in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. In her new book The Vogue Factor (and today’s Lunchbox/Soapbox) Clements tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of the fast-changing fashion industry. She tells the truth about starving models (do they really eat tissues?), the realities for plus-size models, the glitz and glamour of the business, and the impact of the online world on magazine publishing.


Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speaker’s Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of the most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.

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Portrait of Kirstie Clements

Kirstie Clements

Kirstie Clements began working at Vogue in 1985, rising to editor in 1999, a position she held for 13 years. She also co-authored In Vogue: 50 Years of Australian Style, has been a columnist with the Sunday Telegraph and a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model. Her new book The Vogue Factor is out in March.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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