L’Officiel de la Mode, 1921-2008 online

Jalou Gallery has the entire L’Officiel de la Mode available online for researchers (The searchable database is an excellent resource for Fashion Historians).  While I don’t really read or speak French, I found the site to be extremely intuitive and easy to use (you can even print out the articles you need in their original layout (complete with images).

You can also view the issues, as if scanning them on a microfische by clicking the “Plein Ecran” link. Seriously, this is an amazing useful resource. From the Plein Ecran view, you can zoom in by clicking on the “Freme” link (once the page is fully loaded) and read the text, look for references and much more.

Searching for key suppliers of textiles, little known designers, as well as the well-known ones yields fantastic results.Quirks and French notwithstanding, this is an amazing tool and one I plan to use extensively going forward. For more (including some great images), check out this blog, Design Typlo le Blog. Give this database a try and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Until Next Time,



Heather is a contributor to the newly released Greenwood Encyclopedia Clothing through American History, 1900 to the Present.

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