Voguepedia – Vogue catalogued

Voguepedia Search PageVoguepedia Email IntroductionVoguepedia is a new venture from Vogue, as described in their introductory Email ‘the ultimate (and growing) resource that documents the world of fashion in Vogue’.

A wikipedia version of Vogue magazine? Perhaps.

Currently if I need to find out fashion information I will use Google or Wikipedia or for specific designer details Style – sometimes I will go to current online magazines such as Vogue.

Voguepedia though is not just Vogue’s current content but a catalogue of a century plus of their online and print output.

The opening page is a search engine page marrying the function of Google and the looks of Bing.

The resource though is, as they say, a work in progress – my first search was Jimmy Choo, and was returned no results!

Alexander McQueen was my next search and the results were far more numerous.

However most of the results were secondary or passing references to him from articles on others from the fashion firmament – Peter Philips, Giles Deacon and Hussein Chalayan were the first pages listed – I would have hoped Alexander McQueen himself would have made up the first page returns. I am not sure if like the Google search algorithm there is a fashion algorithm at play here!

Voguepedia Personalities search

Just eleven so far!

The search can be filtered by Designers, Brands, Models, Personalities and Beauty.

You can see from the Personalities list that there is much content still to be added. It is the same with the Brands and Beauty.

The information is presented in a clear and stylish way. When I searched on Keira Knightly – as well as a summary article below a Vogue cover she appeared on from 2007 – see image end of this post – scrolling down revealed her history from birth to present, if in brief outline.

I have no doubt that this too will get more comprehensive overtime.

Much of the information still feels relatively current – the 1990’s seems about as historical as it gets so far. When it reaches back until the 1890’s – the decade Vogue was founded – we will have a very rich resource indeed, of fashion articles and photography.

I can’t wait.Voguepedia Keira Knightly

Creatures of the Wind – CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2011 Hopeful

Creatures of the Wind

Creatures of the Wind Fall Winter 2011

Fall Winter 2011

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind are among those shortlisted for the CDFA /Vogue Fashion Fund 2011 hopefuls, the winner of which to be announced November 14 in New  York.

CDFA is the acronym for The Council of Fashion Designers of America – their event is annual having commenced in 2003.

Others on the shortlist include Ohne Titel, Cushnie et Ochs, Suno and Finn Jewellery.  There are ten on the shortlist all told – full details on the CDFA website.

Previous winners Proenza Schouler and their designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are on this years judging panel along with US Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Steven Kolb and chaired by Diane von Furstenberg.

The award is based on the finalists most recent collections. They also have to produce a design project for L’Oreal Paris. The fashion challenge gets ever more daunting.

The awards for the winner last totalled $100,000K so a different order of magnitude to the award noted in my last post for the Dorchester Collection.

I would not like to venture what Creatures of the Wind might produce. Their Spring Summer 2011 collection was a two-tone pallette in the main with occasional forays into browns and yellows. Their Fall Winter 2011 collectoin in contrast was a vivid collection of reds and oranges if black not abandoned entirely.

The company is US based but they do have stockists in several other fashion capitals such as London, Milan and Tokyo.

Time will tell if Creatures of the Wind and their creative use of fabrics and colour will take away an award.Creatures of the Wind Spring Summer 2011