Anyone with a current Wellington City Library card—one that has been active in the past two years—now has access to the entire archive of Vogue (the US edition) from 1892, for free.
Head to wcl.govt.nz, select ‘Mygateway.info’, select ‘Arts & Design’, and the Vogue Archive can be found there. Alternatively, this link (http://www.wcl.govt.nz/wc-bin/vogue) can be used.
Enter your card number and surname, and an entire searchable archive, with text and Flash-based full-page scans, can be found.
Wellington City Libraries also offer Pressdisplay for free as part of its services, as well as the EBSCO database.
Wellington City Libraries’ business information specialist Marilyn Domney, who demonstrated the service to media this week quickly sold the potential to numerous journalists and designers who could see the research possibilities—and even joyful browsing—the service provides.
One can search by designer, dress type, media type (editorial, photographs or even advertisements), issue, and other criteria in the Archive.
Domney says the Archive would remain accessible for Wellington library users in the long run: it was not a short-term offering.—Jack Yan, Publisher