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The Wait Is Over: ProQuest Invites Librarians to Experience Vogue Archive
Free two-week access to 120 years of fashion and culture is available at portals across the Web
ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 2, 2012 - The award-winning Vogue Archive—every page from every issue of American Vogue from 1892 to today—will be available for free trial on ProQuest’s websites and online industry news sources around the world from February 2 through February 16. The new and unprecedented product, which puts 120 years of fashion and culture online within fingertip reach, has been named Best New Database of 2011 by Library Journal and Best Content Aggregation Service in the Software Information Industry Association’s CODiE Awards. The Vogue Archive is available to libraries worldwide through ProQuest® services.
"With so many so eager to see the Vogue Archive, we’re opening it for a few weeks. Librarians can now experience this incredible trove for themselves and explore history through the lens of one of culture’s greatest influencers,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest’s Senior Vice President of Publishing.
Librarians can access the Vogue Archive’s half million image-rich pages, examining the work of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries’ greatest designers, photographers, stylists, illustrators, and more. ProQuest’s signature crisp, clean digital images vividly reproduce Twiggy’s swing dress, Salvador Dali’s surrealist cover for beachwear, Grace Coddington’s elegant, intriguing fashion spreads, and more.
While it is a visual phenomenon, the Vogue Archive is also designed for serious research. It’s supported by precision data, making the smallest details on every page, including ads and covers, fully searchable. Individual images within the pages have been indexed, allowing users to find articles containing a certain garment type, designer, fabric and countless other search fields instantly, with expert results. For example, a search of "Dior" in the Vogue Archive will return in seconds a complete retrospective on the design house including appearances in features, photo shoots, illustrations, and ads, all through the most current issue. Until now, fashion historians conducted these searches manually through rare, fragile archival copies of the magazine.
The Vogue Archive can be experienced by visiting any ProQuest website, including www.proquest.com, Library Journal’s eViews (reviews.libraryjournal.com/category/blogs/eviews/?ref=menu), American Libraries (www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org), or Against the Grain’s News Channel (www.against-the-grain.com).
“We think this free access is going to make a lot of people happy,” said Ms. Sauer-Games. “When the tweets from librarians say they’re crying with excitement, you know the product is right on target.”
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