The Vogue Archive database contains the entire run of American Vogue from 1892 to the present day. It is fully searchable and comprises high-resolution colour page images of the work of some of the greatest fashion designers, photographers, illustrators and stylists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Vogue Archive is provided by ProQuest, so anyone already familiar with their database platform will recognise all the standard interface and search features. In addition, some unique searches have been developed specifically for The Vogue Archive. For example, you can search by company/brand (Adidas, Versus by Versace), designer name (Alexander McQueen, Mary Quant), fashion item (Ankle Boot, Wedding Dress), material (Angora, Nylon), or trend (retro, preppy, floral). It is an excellent and extremely quick way to discover a particular artist’s entire contribution to American Vogue cover art for example.
You can even print out pages from The Vogue Archive from within the NAL. Vogue’s publisher, Condé Nast, only allows you to print one page, or one page spread, at a time but it is still possible to print a whole article by printing each page/spread in it.
We have found that fashion researchers are always delighted when they discover The Vogue Archive, but this resource can also serve the needs of researchers in a range of other disciplines, including: fashion marketing, costume design, gender studies, visual arts, history, literature, film studies, business studies and cultural studies.
You will need to be in the National Art Library reading rooms to access The Vogue Archive, using the Library’s PCs. Anyone can apply for a Reader Ticket to the NAL on provision of proof of identity and proof of address.
The Vogue Archive is only one of a large number of electronic resources available for research in the NAL and we will be featuring more of these in future posts.