Vote Europeana Fashion to Madrid!

At the end of this month, representatives from all Europeana projects will gather in Madrid for Europeana’s annual conference. Everyone was invited to deliver a short and inspiring talk about their project during the conference. 26 proposals for talks were submitted, but only 6 will be selected to present. Europeana Fashion wants to present its visual fashion thesaurus and its openly licensed drawings at the conference. Will you vote for Europeana Fashion and help us present our project in Madrid?


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A selection of drawings by David Ring for Europeana Fashion's visual fashion thesaurus. Photo: MoMu - ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen / Monica Ho. CC-BY-SA.

To take its 11-language fashion thesaurus to the next level, Europeana Fashion commissioned Hungarian fashion student David Ring to make an illustration of each object type in the thesaurus hierarchy. The goal: to create the first open digital visual thesaurus on fashion.

Europeana Fashion partners MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp and Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels teamed up with the newly founded Wikimedia Belgium to take the illustrations even further. They are working to digitise and release each of the approximately 250 beautiful ink-on-paper illustrations under a CC0 license on Wikimedia Commons, before the end of October 2014.

The illustrations, basic in black-and-white and rich in detail, will not only serve to enhance searching Europeana Fashion content through visual classification or to support Wikipedia articles, but they could play an instrumental role in Europeana’s goal to promote and enable greater re-use of cultural heritage resources by creative industries.

Do you want to help us present this special project at the annual Europeana conference in Madrid on 30 and 31 October, then please vote before 8 October.  It will only take 2-3 minutes of your time. This is how:

1. Vote for talk no. 12 Size CC0 Fits All: Releasing Fashion Illustration in the Public Domain via

You have to be a Europeana Network Member to vote. If you are not yet one, you can register as one. Everyone affialited with digita cultural heritage can become one. This is how:

1. Go to and sign up.

Thank you!


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