Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: Videofashion Library

This week I’d like to share a review I wrote last year for the ARLIS Multimedia & Technology Reviews. The newsletter, intended for librarians, has highlighted several resources that are relevant to fashion historians. I examined Alexander Street Press’s Fashion Studies Online, an archive of fashion news videos produced by Videofashion starting in the mid-1970s and marketed as a “video magazine.” You may remember the now-defunct Style Network–Videofashion produced half the programming for that TV channel, including fashion shows, profiles of designers and overviews of trends or decades in fashion.

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Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library brings together 1,200 hours of vivid video capturing the many faces of fashion—including nearly 40 years of worldwide fashion shows, designer profiles, documentary segments, and more—into one convenient online learning interface.This collection is the most comprehensive of its kind and features high-caliber content from the archives of Videofashion, the world’s premier provider of fashion video footage. More than 80 percent of the films are exclusive, giving users access to nearly 1,000 hours of footage that can’t be found in any other database. – From the publisher

You can see additional screen shots of the database and read the full review here. A comparable resource, less extensive but free, is’s fashion show video archive.

Other recent articles of interest in the Multimedia & Technology Reviews examine the Domestic Interiors Database and the Women’s Wear Daily Archive. All three databases are behind a paywall and accessible only through academic institutions, though many libraries accept and even encourage requests for new electronic resources, and Videofashion’s site provides interested parties with a library recommendation form.

Image credit: Alexander Street Press

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