After much anticipation, and a whole lot of work, VFILES has launched a beta version of it’s new website!
Every time I’ve come across a rare periodical that I’ve had a hard time tracking down physically on googlebooks, or available as a PDF download from a library or individual website, I am always so thankful to be reaping the benefits of technology that were not available to earlier generations. A truly modern resource, the VFILES site has much to offer including runway and look book images, a twitter feed, a behind the scenes blog that shares project progress as well as a mixed assortment of archival imagery and other finds, and of course a searchable archive of V Magazine.
For months now the site has been releasing an array of short videos including the satirical Model Files episodes, exploration of fashion trends such as saggy pants, and even instruction on the proper way to pronounce designers names. It’s a wonderful fusion of fashion, entertainment and more recent pop culture history, and I look forward to spending more time perusing the resource, and seeing what develops in the future.
To search for imagery is easy, simply type in the box at the top of the page and a variety of images are pulled up. Above is a sample search that I did looking for the American fashion designer, Stephen Sprouse.
Within the results you can click to enlarge individual images that can be dragged and saved. Additionally, each image is coded with information that you can scroll over to highlight individual designers (and it looks like perhaps models in the future?), as well as including the stylist, makeup artist, photographer, and even editor-in-chief at the time along with the publication information. Clicking on the “Style” which for this spread was tagged: “Mall”, leads you directly into a new search to find other imagery of this nature. This can be done with any of the tags.
Seems like a resource that will be equally useful to both researchers and design students!