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Newest Database Added: The Vogue Digital Archive


McCain Library has begun a subscription to the Vogue Digital Archive and hopes that students will find it useful!  We envision it being relevant for the First Year Seminar “Fashion Matters,” and for projects in Film Studies, Anthropology, History, Women’s Studies, and more.

Current students, faculty and staff may access it on or off-campus*:

More information:

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day. In addition to the editorial content, all covers, advertisements and pictorial features have been captured as separate documents to allow for searching and discovery.

For advertisements, the featured company and brand names have been assigned to the document records, and all image captions are captured to a high accuracy, allowing accurate retrieval of photographs and illustrations. Contributor names that appear in image credits, such as photographers, stylists and illustrators, are also indexed.

Near the top of the search screen, researchers will see the option to Browse Issues.  If there is a particular month or year of interest, click there to skim an entire issue of the magazine.

One may also limit a search by journal editor to find items published during the editorship of, say, Agnes Scott alumna Jessica Daves (1952-1962), Diana Vreeland (1963-71), or Anna Wintour (1988-present). The Vogue Archive also features specialist indexing of full-page images from photo features. This has been newly created by Condé Nast, with expert indexers using controlled lists to apply keywords to each separate image within a document. There are separate designated fields for Fashion Item (e.g. kimono, Breton jacket, scoop neckline), Person Pictured, Company/brand, Designer Name and Material (e.g. chiffon, wool, taffeta).

If you have questions or comments, please let us know.

*If you need the current GALILEO password for Agnes Scott College, see Moodle’s LIB 101.

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