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Vogue magazine launches 119-year digital archive

December 17, 2011 |  6:00 am

American Vogue, the style bible for generations of fashionistas, has launched a digital archive that includes every page of every issue from 1892 to the present.

Containing about 2,800 issues, the database serves as both a fashion textbook and a chronicle of changing cultural tides. Witness the evolving covers over the last 119 years: the well-groomed "Gibson Girls" of the late 19th century, supermodel Twiggy as the iconic flower child in 1967 and Beverly Johnson, the first African American Vogue cover model, appearing in 1974.

The database is searchable by designer, brand, model or photographer. Type in "Chanel," for example, and it will bring up every ad, pictorial and article on the fashion house that has appeared within the glossy folds of the magazine.

That much information doesn't come cheap. An annual subscription is priced at $1,575.


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Photos: Vogue covers from June 2011, left, and April 1950, right. Credit: Conde Nast / Associated Press