Great Read: The Gentlewoman

Blogging, and reading other people’s blogs, has slowly replaced reading magazines for me. I still subscribe to my two favorites, Lucky and Vogue, and will pick up French Vogue as a special treat every now and then, but for the most part, I superficially flip through them, and they pile up on my coffee table un-absorbed.

I read on a few blogs about a new women’s magazine coming out of the UK called The Gentlewoman, and was really interested in picking it up. By the same people who put out Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman promised to present fashion intellectually, a switch from the frivolous, socialite and consumerism heavy magazines I usually flip through. Interesting…


After searching for a few weeks, I finally found the first issue (ever!) at a local magazine stand, and made some time to read through between blogging. The magazine approaches fashion and lifestyles by paying attention to, and dissecting details. Interesting women are interviewed about specific aspects of their lives deemed important to them (from tidiness, to correspondence, to intimacy), and fashions are broken down to their main elements (from deconstructing the hair knot, to detail shots of garments made to look like paper). I felt a little more introspective after reading through the interviews, and found the detailed fashion and beauty close-ups fascinating. I love details! All in all, an interesting read.

My favorite article was of course, “Tall ‘n Small”, which was just a pictorial of two friends, one short (5’2″), and one tall (6’0″), modeling similar styles. The juxtaposition of their heights, anonymity, and stylings on the two different body types really caught my attention.

I think I might add this magazine to my list of subscription worthy publications. It’s intelligent, beautiful, and I like the thoughtful take on fashion. This is a bi-annual publication, and a bit pricey, but might be worth it if you’re looking for something a little different.
Images: Taken by me, of The Gentlewoman, Issue 1, Spring Summer 2010


Has anyone else picked up this magazine? What do you think?

14 Comments

  • PetiteAsianGirl says:

    Was there any mention of the stats of the friends in "Tall n Small" ? I'd be interested in finding out! They are both very stylish!

  • Alterations Needed says:

    The stats were mentioned! Doh! I forgot to add them to my post. I'll add them when I get home from work today.

  • Alterations Needed says:

    The short model is 148cm (5'2") and the tall model is 182cm (6'0").

  • PetiteXXS says:

    Wow is that it? The difference looks much bigger!

  • Alterations Needed says:

    PetiteXXS – I know! It makes me wonder what I look like next to my tall friends! =)

  • CynthiaC says:

    @AN: 5'2" is just under 158 cm, not 148 cm. 148 would be like 4'10" or something.

  • Alterations Needed says:

    CynthiaC – Whoops…typo…158cm is the height given in the magazine, which corresponds to about 5'2".

  • PetiteAsianGirl says:

    Ah…thanks for the update on stats.

    My friend/coworker who I always work with is 5'10," very stylish, and always wears heels … I look like her small adopted child when we walk around together!

  • Jackie says:

    Love it!! Tall and small women co-existing together in harmony =D

  • Anonymous says:

    @CynthiaC @AN: 148cm is 4'8.5", and 182cm is 5'9.7" (citation: I am a Canadian. You can also use Google to do conversions.)

    Generally speaking, 6ft for a model is actually considered too tall for a model so even that measurement seemed a little off.

  • PetiteAsianGirl says:

    Ah…thanks for the update on stats.

    My friend/coworker who I always work with is 5'10," very stylish, and always wears heels … I look like her small adopted child when we walk around together!

  • Jackie says:

    Love it!! Tall and small women co-existing together in harmony =D

  • Alterations Needed says:

    The stats were mentioned! Doh! I forgot to add them to my post. I'll add them when I get home from work today.

  • allison says:

    148cm is 4’10”
    182cm is 5’11.5″

    FYI 0.8 feet is not 8 inches. There’s 12 inches in a foot, not 10. You converted into just feet.

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