Voguepedia 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!
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.
- Vogue to Offer Every Issue Since 1892 Online (readwriteweb.com)
- Defending my love for Vogue magazine (honorehonorhonour.wordpress.com)