Europeana Fashion

Europeana Fashion is a best practice network co-funded under the CIP ICT-PSP program and composed of 22 partners from 12 European countries, which represent the leading European institutions and collections in the fashion domain. The consortium will aggregate and provide Europeana with outstanding and rich material about the history of European fashion, including more than 700.000 fashion-related digital objects, ranging from historical dresses to accessories, photographs, posters, drawings, sketches, videos, and fashion catalogues.
The Europeana Fashion project started in March 2012 and will end in February 2015
The Europeana Fashion best practice network aims to:
• Aggregate and harmonize existing digital content coming from the most important and interesting public and private European fashion collections by then ingesting this fashion-related content into
• Improve interoperability between scattered and heterogeneous collections, promoting the use of the Europeana Data Model and developing tools, such as a specialized Fashion Thesaurus, to best handle the multilingual nature of the collated content.
• Provide access to this digital content through the creation of a dedicated fashion portal that will serve as a specialized access point to heterogeneous fashion collections across Europe.
• Develop tools and services for the integration of user generated content that will enrich and complement the standard metadata descriptions and will support the contextualization of the aggregated content through the connection with open content sources like Wikipedia.
• Actively engage the European fashion community in museums, universities and in the private sectorand raise awareness of best practices involved in digitization, IPR issues and semantic interoperability developed inside the BPN and in the Europeana family of projects.