Vogue Italia Launches Wiki-Style Fashion Encyclopedia

Vogue Encyclo

Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani is already well-known for letting the public access her thoughts through her oft-updated blog, attached to Vogue‘s web site.  Now she’s taken the democratization of high fashion a step further with Vogue Encyclo, an online encyclopedia of fashion terminology to which anyone can contribute.

Franca Sozzani, pictured on her editor’s blog.

Though the articles are vetted by Vogue staff before they’re approved, the posts (which are accepted on the topics of fashion, style icons, cinema, photography, and even bloggers) go live complete with a byline.  As getting a contribution approved and published would make one an unofficial Vogue writer, Sozzani noted that budding journalists could use the articles as clips.

And don’t think that Vogue‘s editors plan to cut out all the good stuff — in terms of her new project, Sozzani has said “I’m ready for controversy and complaints.“  Our only complaint so far is that we don’t speak enough Italian to read or contribute to the Encyclo.