Manuscript is an Australian men's journal featuring news, profiles, features and shoots published quarterly. Created for a new generation of forward-thinking, intelligent men, Manuscript makes the worlds of fashion, design and creative arts its focus.
ISSUE 01 The inaugural issue of Manuscript features Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver on its cover, accompanied by an extensive profile and visual essay of the house's spring/summer collection. The issue also features profiles of Swiss-born, New York-based artist and Bally collaborator Olaf Breuning, British actor Jack Derges of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film; Australian actor Oliver Ackland; and Australian artist Lionel Bawden. The issue also includes extensive fashion spreads by Liz Ham, Paul Scala and Jordan Graham, as well as fashion and style news and designer profiles.
ISSUE 02 For our second, we have focused our attention on the concept of masculinity, dedicating our stories and shoots to assessing, criticising and attempting to understand what it means to be a man. What we present argues both for and against traditional notions of masculinity. Covering the issue are brothers Xavier and Benedict Samuel, who speak about working together on Sanctuary, a short film written and directed by Benedict and featuring Xavier. Also featured is Sydney Dance Company's Rafael Bonachela, Pageant's Amanda Cumming and Kate Reynolds, architect Kelvin Ho, all-female art collective The Kingpins, and an extensive homage to Helmut Newton.
ISSUE 03 Manuscript's winter issue welcomes a new art director and, with it, a new mood. Freeing ourselves of the seriousness in issue 02, the new issue takes a lighter approach to its subject matter. Featured is artist Michael Zavros, Vivid festival director Fergus Linehan, designer Christopher Esber, Australian denim fashion house Ksubi and Modular People's Stephen Pavlovic, who covers the issue care of photographer Jordan Graham and type-artist Marty Routledge. There's also an in-depth look at Burberry's music platform and a showcase of five of the country's top menswear design graduates.
ISSUE 04 The fourth issue of Manuscript boasts, rather appropriately, four cover - self portraits of the Australian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jonathan Zawada. The issue looks at the notion of generations and regenerations, and so it is that our regular portraits - designer Jim Thompson, type artist Luca Ionescu, visual artist Tim Moore and stylist Matt Stegh - also feature their children. The issue also includes an exclusive preview of the spring/summer Z Zegna collection, with a profile of the brand's new creative director Paul Surridge; and an in-depth profile of The Presets' new album.
ISSUE 05 Celebrating one year in publication, issue five of Manuscript is covered by 14 up-and-coming Australian actors appearing in television, film and stage productions throughout 2013. In an Australian exclusive, Manuscript presents a preview of the spring/summer 2013 collection from French house Dior Homme ahead of its first local store opening in the first quarter of the new year. Other features include a profile of Orlebar Brown, a study of Emporio Armani's sponsorship of the National Art School; an examination of the rise of online luxury menswear retail in Australia; and a detailed insight into the development of swimwear in Australia over the past century. In the magazine's regular profile section, Manuscript introduces four of the country's leading art curators and gallery directors as a way of highlighting differences in exhibition-making. In extending the promotion of cross-artistic practice, Manuscript invited six mid-career Australian artists to imbue ready-made fashion garments with their signature hand, the clothes becoming their canvases.
ISSUE 06 Rohan Furnell, a dancer in the Australian Ballet, graces our autumn 2013 cover and is captured in an extensive photographic series by Australian-born, Paris-based photographer Justin Cooper. For this shoot, we invited some of the country's leading tailors to deconstruct their tailoring so that we might visually document the craftsmanship behind these complex garments. Also in the issue we profile Australian models Jordan and Zac Stenmark who, as a dual force and rapidly growing social media presence, are building a big business for their future. In a special feature, writer Jonathan Seidler pens a personal account of the famed Rose Seidler HOuse, the Wahroonga residence that Australia's most famous architect, Harry Seidler, built for his parents over 1949 and 1950, and in which Jonathan's father lived as a child. Photographer Saskia Wilson's similarly personal documentation of the building makes this feature one for the archives.
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