Vogue magazine –Dressing mirrors the era

Magazine was proposed by students

”The acquisition proposal was initiated by students, who need to find source material for their theses. During the month’s trial the Vogue Archive was in very active use and due to the positive feedback on the trial, the library decided to buy  the licence of Vogue Archive for 2015”, says Information Specialist Johanna Viitanen.

”For comparative research, it would have been ideal, if we could have gained access also to the Vogue editions of other countries, but for now, only the Vogue’s US edition is available as a digital archive. This American Vogue Archive includes all issues beginning from the first December issue in 1892 to the current month”, Viitanen continues.


Follow the phenomena of time

”In addition to being the encyclopedia of the fashion world, its contents also reflect the cultural phenomena of the time. For example, in 1944, the magazine carried an extensive article on London’s survival during the war,” tells Information SpecialistKatri Ojaniemi.

”Also the Vogue’s editors in chief have revived interest, especially the current Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.  In the film The Devil Wears Prada, the fictional character Miranda Priestly is believed to be based on Wintour,” tells Information SpecialistKatri Ojaniemi. 


Use the good search capabilities


The Vogue archive allows you to search by several different criteria. You can search by fashion items to find information on items such as skirts, shirts, coats or even on print patterns. By choosing Company/brand  you will be able to search for designers, brands or fashion houses, such as Chanel, Dior or Lacroix.

Also the names of editors, photographers, models or people appearing in pictures can be searched for. In addition, it is possible to direct searches to advertisements. Furthermore, you can browse issues and sort results by different criteria.

”It is recommended that you carefully save your search results. You can also export references to the reference manager RefWorks for future use”, advises Information Specialist Ann-Louise Paasio.

Subject areas of Vogue: fashion, dress history, popular culture, cultural history, photography, visual arts, marketing and advertising

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Published date 2/9/2015 2:30 PM ,  Modified date 12/2/2016 11:37 AM