Rendez-Vous with Penny Martin

Talking magazines: creating an outspoken editorial approach to capture the modern reader

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On Friday, April 5th, Editor-in-Chief of The Gentlewoman Penny Martin takes the Polimoda Rendez-Vous stage; a renowned editor and academic, Martin will draw on her diverse career path spanning the worlds of media, education and art curation to discuss the ins and outs of publishing today.

Editor-in-chief of the biannual women’s magazine The Gentlewoman since 2010, the sister publication to Fantastic Man, Martin boasts a background in a variety of diverse fields, holding the role of editor-in-chief of from 2001 to 2008, following previous curatorial work at the Women’s Library (formerly The Fawcett Library) and The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now National Media Museum).

In fashion, Martin is revered for her intellectual perspective, ranked in the BoF 500 for having created a publication that “offers an informed and intelligent view on fashion,” with a focus on progressive themes and spotlighting influential women. The bi-annual magazine has released sixteen issues to date, featuring interviews with the likes of Elena Ferrante, Beyoncé and Floriane de Saint Pierre.

In addition to leading the top-notch publication, Martin contributes to magazines including Fantastic Man, The Happy Reader and The New York Times T, has curated exhibitions at museums and galleries, including The Photographers’ Gallery and Somerset House in London, and is on the development committee of Studio Voltaire.

On the occasion of her Polimoda Rendez-Vous, Martin will discuss her route from digital fashion to print, considering the benefits of defining an editorial approach that liberates the editor from fascination with format, to create a more flexible and direct relationship with the reader.

Guests are kindly requested to arrive between 10:30 and 10:50 am. Registration is not a guarantee of a seat, as these are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors close at event start time.