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The Vogue Archive
The Vogue archive has been on the Wellington City Library Database for over a month now and I really encourage anyone with an interest in fashion to check it out. It’s hard to even imagine what the fashion industry would be like without the presence of Vogue.
Since its start in 1892 as a weekly society paper to Anna Wintour's spirited and chic debut in 1988, Vogue has not only played a huge role in documenting the history of fashion, but it has significantly helped mold it into the industry that it is today.
Pictured left: Anna Wintour's debut and the first Vogue to feature a model wearing jeans. November 1988.
We live in such a fast paced, high-tech world where inspiration is just a tumblr-click away. Sure it’s a convenient process, but it also feels like there is generally very little knowledge or sentiment behind these reblogged images and ideas, that leave our heads swirling like kaleidoscopes.
Below: The first Vogue - Dec 17th 1892.
On the other hand, the Vogue Archive, is a somewhat aloof yet richly detailed record of the way that fashion has reflected and challenged the ideals of its past generations and society. The archive serves not only as a great resource for fashion research, but it is also highly relevant to art, culture, society, and marketing.
Everything ever published in Vogue is featured in the archive, from the covers to the advertisements. You can advance your search through separate designated areas; such as the name of a designer, or editorial content published during the editorship of a certain journal editor.
The archive is free and available to anyone with a Wellington City Library membership. Below is a link to the website so that you can try it out straight away, all you need is your library card number and your surname.
Written by Reema Alfouir 25 June 2012
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