What happens when you take the “knowledge-at-your-fingertips” approach of a wiki and combine it with the fashion bible known as Vogue?
You get Voguepedia!
Was I the only person who didn’t know about this??
At some point (apparently when I wasn’t paying attention) the geniuses at Vogue decided to create an online archive of fashion covering the magazine’s 119 year history. I did some digging online and, according to Fashionista, the concept is still in its early stages. It isn’t a true wiki, like wikipedia or wikifashion, because readers are unable to add information on their own, but its the closest thing I’ve ever seen to an online Encyclopedia of Fashion.
So, how is it different from wikipedia and wikifashion? Let’s compare by looking up designer Roberto Cavalli on each.
As you can see, the wikipedia entry is very typical. Because it is so heavily reliant on user-input, there is limited information available and absolutely no collection imagery is present. Meanwhile, the wikifashion entry is a completely blank slate, waiting for someone to fill it out.
Now, let’s compare that to the information available through Voguepedia:
Not only does the Voguepedia entry look great, more fashion-specific information is available on Voguepedia. Collection imagery. Appearances. History. Reliable sources (which can be tricky with wikipedia). Did I mention collection imagery?
Now, Voguepedia is far from perfect. The concept is still in its infancy so available data/information is still limited.
TOM FORD is absent from the designer and brand pages.
Same is true for Gucci.
Although they do both appear in standard Voguepedia search results, wikipedia certainly has more info available. For now.
But the future looks good.
Were you aware of Voguepedia?
Have you used it?
What are your thoughts?