From the Archive: L’Officiel de la Mode, 1921-2008 online

 Originally posted by Heather Vaughan on November 26th, 2008, this incredible Jalou Gallery resource is a must see! Give this database a try and let us know your thoughts.

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.

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  • Lourdes September 12, 2011 02.33 pm

    Fabulous!! I had some pages from some of these issues and had scanned them into my computer, but the year / month, and sometimes designer is missing. I used to buy this mag when I was in design school and send it to my mother. I haven’t seen it anywhere in ages. Thanks for posting.

  • Hayley September 13, 2011 03.08 am

    I have been using this database for years as a student and still find it a fantastic inspirational source. What used to surprise me was how unknown this website was so you are completely right to bring it to light. Thank you!

  • joseph hisey September 14, 2011 07.45 am

    Thanks Heather: I know several people who can make good use of this website.


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