SEND IN YOUR IDEAS: Franca Sozzani, the techno-savvy editor in chief of Italian Vogue, has launched an online fashion encyclopedia, inviting readers to contribute articles on fashion, cinema, style icons, photographers and more. Vogue Encyclo went live Oct. 10.
Anyone is free to participate, all articles have bylines, and Vogue staff reviews all submissions.
This story first appeared in the October 17, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“We will try not to alter your pieces, but some will have to be modified and you have to accept that and not feel judged, just guided by someone who has more experience,” Sozzani addressed potential contributors on her blog. “You can always use [your articles] on a future résumé to become journalists, if that is what you aspire to. I’m ready for controversy and complaints, but keep in mind that nothing is accomplished in a day… but in a few months, yes!”
American Vogue also launched an online encyclopedia this year — Voguepedia — but it is not composed of reader submissions.