I can usually spot a gentleman a mile away, but I’m not entirely sure what a “gentlewoman” looks like. If the contents of the first issue of biannual magazine The Gentlewoman can be accepted as the exemplar, a gentlewoman is extremely well dressed, a master at old-fashioned etiquette and a doyenne of culture and the arts. Basically, eveything I aspire to be!
I have actually been keeping an eye open for a copy of The Gentlewoman since its recent release overseas, but only managed to snap up a copy in Australia over the weekend – and boy, am I impressed! From the layout to the writing, there is something very polished and intelligent about this magazine. The contributing writers are seemingly uninterested in fly-by-night trends and celebrity culture; instead, they concentrate on fascinating people working within the wider arts community.
A frank conversation with model Daisy Lowe about housekeeping, a feature on 2010 Architecture Biennale director Kazuyo Sjima and an exquisitely photographed spread on hair knots are just some of the pieces artfully arranged on the magazine’s glossy pages. A bible for the modern lady and the enlightened contemporary gentleman, The Gentlewoman is definitely worth seeking out.