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2 minutes to read Posted on Friday September 21, 2012

Berlin Meet-up Great News for Europeana Fashion

A guest blog from the Europeana Fashion project.

The Europeana Fashion project was launched on 1 March 2012. This exciting three-year project, co-funded by the European Commission within the ICT Policy Support Programme, will publish over 700,000 fashion-related digital objects online by March 2015. This will range from historical dresses to accessories, photographs, posters, drawings, sketches, videos, and fashion catalogues. Europeana Fashion is a best practice network of 22 partners, representing the leading public and private museums, archives and collections from 12 European countries. More information about the project is available on the project website.

We are currently at the stage of preparing our content to be ingested into the Europeana Fashion portal, clearing Intellectual Property Rights and organising metadata. We are crafting specific guidelines for all project partners to assist them in managing Intellectual Property Rights. In addition, we are continuing to build a Fashion Thesaurus  that is tailored to fashion objects specifically, enhancing the search experience for users in multiple languages. The first launch of the portal is planned for March 2013. In the meantime, the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages of Europeana Fashion are raising awareness and engaging audiences around the project.

Earlier this month, all the Europeana Fashion partners got together in Berlin to catch up on the progress of the project. It was great to see all the faces of our project partners from all over Europe, sharing experience, expertise (and some local Berlin cuisine, of course). And now we are even happier to share some exciting updates with you!

The Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels are working on a unique Fashion Thesaurus  that is going to make searching on the Europeana Fashion portal a breeze and that will even give you the opportunity to search by colour. Our colleagues at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London are delving into Intellectual Property Rights, so we can share as many images as possible on Europeana Fashion!

Partner Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz was so kind to organise this event and took very good care of us. They even treated us to a private tour by curator Adelheid Rasche of the Lipperheide Costume Library which hosts an incredible amount of fashion-related objects, even dating back to the 16th century. And the best news of all is that a selection of objects from this massive library collection will be available on the Europeana Fashion portal!

View a selection of photos from the private tour and our event in Berlin below or see all of them on our Flickr page.

Europeana Fashion Workshop, Berlin 6-7 September 2012. © Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

Europeana Fashion Workshop, Berlin 6-7 September 2012. © Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

A selection of books in the Lipperheide Costume Library. © Europeana Fashion. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

A selection of books in the Lipperheide Costume Library. © Europeana Fashion. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

Gazette du Bon Ton, Paris and Berlin: 1912-1914, Paris: 1920-1925. In the collection of the Lipperheide Costume Library.

Gazette du Bon Ton, Paris and Berlin: 1912-1914, Paris: 1920-1925. In the collection of the Lipperheide Costume Library. © Europeana Fashion. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

The Europeana Fashion project is coordinated by Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale.
For further information contact: Marco Rendina
Press contact: Alessandra Arezzi Boza

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