Vogue Italia's Encyclo: Fashion's Very Own Wikipedia
Oct 17, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
American Vogue already has Voguepedia, an online encyclopedia that will -- eventually -- catalog the mag's extensive archives. Now Franca Sozzani has launched its Italian counterpart, Encyclo, with one major difference: anyone can submit articles to it.
Users must register on Vogue.it and from there they can suggest article ideas as well as add to and revise already published content. Every article has a byline and all submissions will be reviewed by a Vogue staffer.
"We are trying not to misinterpret your articles, but some must be necessarily edited and you must accept it, not feel criticized and try to understand you are being assisted by an experienced staff," Sozzani wrote before the launch of Encyclo in her always entertaining blog. So far the editrix is happy with what she sees and has plans to dedicate a page of Vogue Italia to "a recap of the best themes."
Franca Sozzani, more than any other editor, Vogue or otherwise, always seems to be on the cusp and with Vogue Encyclo she purports to foster a new generation of journalists: "I cannot solve all your problems, but I do believe that through a regular collaboration with this project you may gain experience and demonstrate you are capable of writing for a magazine." [WWD]