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Google Lets You Browse the Valuable Vogue Image Archive

If you have a penchant for reading old issues of Fashionadmire archived Dior collections or appreciate the long history of what we now recognize as fleeting TikTok trends, then today is your lucky day: the Vogue Archive, a celebration of Fashion with the help of Google, opens today.

Google Arts and Culture collaborated with Condé Nast, the publishing giant behind Fashionto build an online archive that tells the story of the magazine and its influence on fashion and culture. The platform contains over 15,000 newly digitized archival images from over 600 issues spanning several decades.

Photo credit: Eduardo Garcia Benito / Condé Nast Archive on Google Arts & Culture

A picture of a model in a pink ball gown.

Photo credit: Frances McLaughlin-Gill / Condé Nast Archive on Google Arts & Culture

Like other Google cultural exhibitions, the site is grouped by story and highlights different eras and achievements of Fashion. The selection is impressive and extensive, and includes cover artwork and illustrations from the 1950s. Other stories are deep dives into specific moments that have shaped culture over the years: the birth of the miniskirt, for example; how Fashion covered the art and lives of painters such as Frida Kahlo and writers Joan Didion and Truman Capote; and the history of the “It Girl” with pages dedicated to familiar faces of a generation such as Yasmeen Ghauri, Jane Birkin and Iman.

A picture of model Veronica Hamel.

Photo credit: Irving Penn / Condé Nast Archive on Google Arts & Culture

A picture of a model wearing a silk dress and scarf with a blurred floral background.

Photo credit: Gordon Parks / Condé Nast Archive on Google Arts & Culture

Special tributes also focus on photographers and designers, from Irving Penn to Prada and Issey Miyake. Elsewhere, trends are captured over the years, organized by TikTok-like terms but archived with images that are decades old: think Barbiecore and balletcore.

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In a blog post, Ivan Shaw, head of corporate photography at Condé Nast, describes the site as “the essential place to learn more about the people and moments that made fashion history and shaped our world.”

“Here you can learn the stories of the image makers, designers, models, authors and personalities who have shaped culture for over 100 years,” writes Shaw.

At the very least, the site is an aesthetic treat, opening the doors to thousands of images and giving fashion fans easy access. It’s the ultimate mood board, and if you don’t know where to start, you can browse all the images on one page.

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