Fashion is coming to Europeana

written by Beth on January 2, 2013 in Content and News with 2 comments

Today, we are pleased to present a guest blog post from Europeana Fashion. Read on to find out what the project is all about…

Europeana Fashion is creating a source of inspiration and reference for those in the creative field, a treasure chest of rich and reliable information for fashion academics and an extremely comprehensive database of historic and contemporary fashion for anyone interested.

What are you interested in? Roger Vivier shoes from Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, iconic Italian design from the archives of Pucci and Missoni, the avant-garde designs of the Antwerp Six from the ModeMuseum Antwerp collection or historical tea gowns from the Victoria & Albert museum in London?

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Spring-Summer 2011. From the collection of Europeana Fashion partner CatwalkPictures. © CatwalkPictures/Etienne Tordoir

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Spring-Summer 2011. From the collection of Europeana Fashion partner CatwalkPictures. © CatwalkPictures/Etienne Tordoir

These are just a few samples to be found in the Europeana Fashion portal that will give access to the collections of 20 leading fashion institutions in Europe, bringing together over 700,000 fashion objects, ranging from historical dresses to accessories, photographs, posters, drawings, sketches, videos, exhibition records and fashion catalogues.

Watch the Europeana Fashion trailer from Antonio Glessi on Vimeo.

To present nearly a million fashion objects in the best possible manner, Europeana Fashion uses two unique tools that will bring out the best of each fashion object and to make sure you will find exactly what you are looking for, and more.

Jacket in chintz, India, 1750-1800, and skirt in wool damask, Europe, 1750-1800. From the collection of Europeana Fashion partner ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen © Hugo Maertens, Bruges

Jacket in chintz, India, 1750-1800, and skirt in wool damask, Europe, 1750-1800. From the collection of Europeana Fashion partner ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen © Hugo Maertens, Bruges

Europeana Fashion has joined forces with some of the biggest names in fashion and taken care to ensure each fashion object is represented as accurately as possible. Within the field of the arts, fashion comes with some unique characteristics. Material, technique, and colour, for example, are especially relevant to fashion. Therefore, the data model behind the collection includes all this information, which is also defined by an especially developed Fashion Thesaurus.

This Fashion Thesaurus will be translated into 10 different languages – English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish and Serbian – offering the possibility to access the rich content of the portal in a multilingual way.

So what will you be looking for in Europeana Fashion?

The first version of the portal will be online from May 2013. To find out more, visit the Europeana Fashion websiteFacebook page and follow  @eurfashion on Twitter.