Established in 1921, Jalou Media is the family-owned French media group that owns L’Officiel and several other fashion magazines. The Jalou archives have been digitised up to 2013 and uploaded to a searchable database of high-resolution images. L’Officiel de la Couture et de la Mode à Paris began as a trade publication for the Parisian fashion industry, later evolving into a magazine covering fashion and high society.
In 2010, Jalou bought the archives of L’Art et la Mode, another fashion magazine that was published from 1883 to 1965. Other, more current publications that have also been archived on the website include L’Officiel Homme, Jalouse, as well as many of L’Officiel‘s international incarnations.
The database is searchable by keyword and date, although the transcription of the text is not always accurate, so a manual browse is recommended if searching for a particular designer or event. A quick search for Chanel, for example, returns 950 hits in 156 different issues of L’Art et la Mode alone, which can then be sorted by relevance or date for further browsing.
Each cover and page spread is viewable as a larger full-screen image, which can then be zoomed in further to read smaller text and view detail. Every page can be printed or saved as a PDF to use for further study, although all images are of course under copyright for commercial purposes.
A comprehensive visual archive of one of the world’s leading fashion magazine publishers, the Jalou Media Group’s archives are a valuable digital resource to fashion historians, particularly those researching twentieth century fashion or the history of the French fashion industry.
Image Credits: Jalou Archives