Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Content
    1. Is there a list of fashion models I can find with FAMAMOCA?
    2. Is there a list of photographers?
    3. Is there a list of fashion designers or design houses?
    4. Is there a list of hair and make-up artists?
  2. Search Results
    1. Why do I keep getting "Search Stopped. Too many results."?
    2. Why do I keep getting "Sorry. Nothing matched your search."?
    3. Why does FAMAMOCA only find the picture if I search for the model by name?
    4. What does it mean when it says "planner" or "planner page" or "detail of planner"?
    5. Why doesn't FAMAMOCA display credits for hair and make-up artists?
    6. Why can't I find anything in "Movies"?
  3. Media Sources
    1. Why are some of the media sources listed as "offline"?
    2. How do you pick the things that go into FAMAMOCA's Catalog?
  4. offsite Social Media
    1. Is FAMAMOCA on Twitter?
  5. Scans, Trades, Requests
    1. I have a lot of scans you don't seem to have. Do you want to trade?
    2. Can you please, please send me a high-quality scan of this photograph?
    3. I'm doing a research project for school. Can you please send me a high-quality scan for my report?
    4. Can you please add this magazine/book/movie to the Catalog?
  6. About the Site
    1. Is "FAMAMOCA" an actual word? What does "FAMAMOCA" mean?
    2. How do you pronounce "FAMAMOCA"?



Answers

Is there a list of fashion models I can find with FAMAMOCA?

Yes! Right here: Fashion models, alphabetized by first name.

Is there a list of photographers I can I find with FAMAMOCA?

Yes! Right here: Photographers, alphabetized by first name.

Is there a list of fashion designers or design houses I can I find with FAMAMOCA?

Unfortunately, no.

But you can search FAMAMOCA's Catalog for whatever designer or house that you are looking for: Just use the main search page and enter the name of the designer or house. If you want your results to exclude ads from that designer or design house, then include the phrase " -ad " (without the quotes). There are some more tips for finding collections by season on the Search Help page.

Is there a list of hair and make-up artists?

Unfortunately, no. If there is an official credit, we try to include it, but often, and especially with ads, there is nothing.

But you can search FAMAMOCA's Catalog for whatever editor, or hair or make-up artist you want, and FAMAMOCA will try to match that name. Currently, the information is carried in a hidden field, so the matching name will most likely not be displayed, but if FAMAMOCA shows you the picture, it thinks that there is a matching credit. Just refer to the original source, which should be credited, to confirm.

Why do I keep getting "Search Stopped. Too many results."?

Here are two quick answers:

If your search request looks like this:

 chanel ad

Change it to this:

 +chanel +ad

Put a plus sign in front of each word, and you should be all set.

If your search request looks like this:

 karen mulder

Change it to this:

 "karen mulder"

Put the entire name inside double-quotation marks, and you should be all set.

Now here's the whole answer:

FAMAMOCA tells you that your search was stopped when there are so many results which match your search request that the search engine cannot handle them all. You may still get a link to the first one-hundred of your results, but the answer to your question is that the search engine needs a more specific search request.

The most likely reason that this happens is that you have entered several words into the search box but not used any search-word operators. For example, "chanel ad". The search engine interprets that request as "match anything with chanel, or anything that is an ad", and the most important word there is actually the "OR". "Chanel" OR "ad".

It's as if you asked to combine two separate searches: First, anything with Chanel, and then, combine those results with every ad (for any product, from every business). Requests like that can match thousands of items in the Catalog, and the search engine just bails out of your request when it realizes that you're asking for something that big.

If what you wanted was to see only Chanel ads, you should use the search request +chanel +ad. The "+" signs make all the difference.

Another thing to check is the date range you are searching for. If you keep getting the search stopped result, try searching a smaller range of dates.

You might like to read the Search Help page, which has many other examples and useful search tips to help you look for exactly what you want.

Why do I keep getting "Sorry. Nothing matched your search."?

We're sorry about that. There are a couple of possibilities.

First thing to do is, check that you are correctly spelling the name of the model or photographer or advertiser (or whatever else) you are looking for: For models and photographers, check the lists above to see what we think is the correct spelling of each name, and also to see if the person you are looking for might be in the Catalog. It's possible that FAMAMOCA just has nothing matching that person. We're sorry about that.

Another common issue with spelling is that FAMAMOCA only uses unaccented English characters. So, for example, if you are searching for "Renée", with the accented "e", no results may be found: FAMAMOCA has "Renée" as "Renee", without the accent. It will be the same for every other name with an accented letter: FAMAMOCA only uses unaccented English characters.

If you are looking for a fashion model, even if they are not on the list above, it is possible that there is something available. If we can't identify the model, they are carried in the Catalog as "unknown". If you try searching for "unknown", you will get all the models that were officially uncredited and that we couldn't attach a name to. There are a lot of them, and it will be a jumble, but you can definitely try looking through those results. If you can add a specific search term ("macys"), and also use a small range of years, that will cut down the number of your results. If you are able to identify a model that we are carrying as "unknown", please let us know!

(If you do write us, thank you! But please be sure to include the citation information for the picture -- the source, date and page number!)

If you keep getting "no results", another possibility is that your search is too specific. If you're searching for a specific outfit, and getting no results, try to be more general: If you are searching for "+midnight +blue +studded +leather +bustier", and get no results, try your search again without the "midnight", "studded" and "bustier", and just use "+blue +leather". Start specific, and if it doesn't work, try to be less specific (or more general).

Another possibility is that there are no matches for the date range you have given. This happens to us too, where we try one search, and then try another, but forget to change the date range. It's really a puzzle, since we know that there should be matching results, until we realize we forgot to check the date range. So this happens to us too! Try using a wider range of dates, and if you are searching in the Books section, be sure to check the undated results!

One other search tip about searching for talent by name is to try changing the form of your search. For example, if you are searching for talent by name, you could first try enclosing the entire name in quotes. "Karen Mulder" (including the quotation marks). If FAMAMOCA didn't find anything, then try +karen +mulder (plus signs, no quotation marks). If FAMAMOCA still didn't find anything, then try searching for karen mulder (no quotation marks, no plus signs).

Why does FAMAMOCA only find the picture if I search for the model by name?

Yes, this happens to us too. You're trying to find this one picture of Kelly Emberg in a red dress, but when you search with the phrase "red dress", FAMAMOCA doesn't find anything. So you search just for Kelly Emberg, and FAMAMOCA shows you pictures of her in red dresses. Annoying.

One reason it happens is, when the image was cataloged, the person cataloging it used a different description than what you are searching for. Instead of "red dress", the photo was cataloged as "rose short halter" (or whatever; and that description may have come straight from the editorial copy that was printed with the photograph). So, the reason that FAMAMOCA skips that picture is that it in its basic mode, it just doesn't realize that "rose" is a synonym for "red", and "halter" might be a match for "dress", and that this picture is actually a match.

A way to work around the problem is to simply use the model's or photographer's name: In most cases, there will be no ambiguity.

If you are trying to find a fashion photograph with a particular clothing outfit, try using the sim-and-syn search option. See here for help with sim-and-syn. If you used sim-and-syn with the search example above, "red dress", FAMAMOCA would consider "rose short halter" a match.

If you can't find a model or photographer at all, check the lists above to see if there is anything in the catalog, and for the spelling of their name that we are using, or believe is correct.

What does it mean when it says "planner" or "planner page" or "detail of planner"?

In the results for a search in Calendars, "planner" or "planner page" refers to an appointments or date-block page of the calendar, a page or section of the calendar where the days of the month are shown and where you might write reminders and appointments. Some calendars have them, some do not.

Sometimes, a planner page will have a small, inset photograph of its own. Typically that inset photograph is of the same fashion model, and complements or relates to the full-page or larger photo for the month in some way. Often it's the same model in the same outfit, but a different pose, for example. Some calendars have them, some do not.

"planner page" refers to the whole planner page: FAMAMOCA is giving you this result so you can understand the layout of the page, and get a sense of the size or scope of an inset image if there is one. "detail of planner" (or similar, like "detail of inset") refers to the inset photograph on the planner page: FAMAMOCA is giving you a close-up or detail view of the inset image so you can confirm it or identify it more clearly.

FAMAMOCA may include only the "detail of planner" image in your search results. If you see a "detail of planner" result but not a "planner page" result accompanying it, then only the inset image was cataloged, and the whole planner page was not. This sometimes happens when the planner page has an elaborate design, or has been printed on special paper.

Why doesn't FAMAMOCA display credits for hair and make-up artists?

If there is an official credit, we try to include it (and editors too), but often there is nothing. The situation is particularly bad for ads, where there are often no credits given.

When photographers are not credited, there are sometimes supplementary sources we can use to establish the credit. With models, it's often possible to just make a visual identification. Hair and make-up credits typically cannot be deduced that way. And we have found it's especially bad for older work, where talent may have retired, or the work is not maintained in a current portfolio: Even when we get a lead, and establish what might be a credit, we can't confirm it. Trying to establish hair and make-up credits can be very unproductive, frustrating work. And also, to be honest, when the Catalog was first started, we focused on models and photographers, and overlooked hair, make-up, and editors. We're sorry about that. But those are all reasons why the credit is not displayed.

But FAMAMOCA does have credits for hair and make-up (and editors). The information is currently carried in hidden fields and not displayed, but it is there. Just search for whatever hair or make-up artists you are looking for, and FAMAMOCA will try to find matching work.

Why can't I find anything in "Movies"?

The Movies section is relatively new and still relatively small. We also try to concentrate on relatively obscure titles and extra/walk-on parts.

But the section is searchable exactly the same as the rest of the Catalog, by talent name, or outfit, or whatever keyword you want to try. For example, if you think that you might have seen this movie with Joan Severance handcuffed to a tree, but can't remember or don't know what the title of the movie was, FAMAMOCA will tell you, and give you a screencap of that scene so you can confirm it's what you saw and were thinking of (or not). If you didn't know for sure if it was Joan Severance in the scene, and all you did was search for the word "tree", Joan would show up in your results, with a screencap of her handcuffed to a tree.

The section is searchable exactly the same as the rest of the Catalog.

Why are some of the media sources listed as "offline"?

FAMAMOCA is currently in its third version, and some of the new features on the site, like search-word operators and sim-and-syn, are new to this version. We hope the new features make FAMAMOCA even more useful for you; with search-word operators, the search engine is very powerful.

Unfortunately, older versions of the content in FAMAMOCA's Catalog are not compatible with the new search engine. They work in different ways, and it just wasn't possible to make them work together. We have about half of the Catalog updated and available, but the rest is still in the process of being updated to the new format. Some sections are complete and fully available, other sections are only partially available and will be "offline" periodically while we test them and work to get them updated.

How do you pick the things that go into FAMAMOCA's Catalog?

For things like New York Magazine and Vogue, which we wished had a searchable index for photographic content, we finally made one (or, at least, a partial one).

With respect to movies and television programs, our collection is relatively small, and we also try to concentrate on relatively obscure titles and extra/walk-on parts. We are less likely to catalog something well-known like Christie Brinkley in National Lampoon's Vacation than we are to catalog Tricia Helfer in White Rush.

Is FAMAMOCA on Twitter?

Yes! Find us at https://twitter.com/famamoca

We try to tweet coverage of shows we attend same-day. If runway plus backstage photography interests you, definitely check out our twitter feed.

We also tweet whenever the Catalog is updated, and also for model-ID help requests. If you have an interest and a talent for identifying fashion models (especially from the 1970s and 1980s), please follow us! We also tweet some search tips and there might be an Easter Egg or two.

If you are a designer or model whose work has gone out through our twitter, and you would like to license the photograph for your own use, please

contact us :
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I have a lot of scans you don't seem to have. Do you want to trade?

Thank you for your interest, but no.

Email requests and other requests for trades will not be answered.

Can you please, please send me a high-quality scan of this photograph?

If you want to obtain the photograph, may we politely suggest that you buy an original source for it. For any photograph in the Catalog, you should be able to identify an original source. Many original sources are available used, and for very small amounts of money. We purchased one book that appears in the Catalog for $0.02. Yes, that's right. Two cents.

Email requests and other requests for scans or for HQ-scans will not be answered.

I'm doing a research project for school. Can you please send me a high-quality scan for my report?

Sorry, but no.

Email requests and other requests for scans or for HQ-scans will not be answered.

Can you please add this magazine/book/movie to the Catalog?

Thank you for your interest, but we are not able to take requests.

Seriously, thank you for your interest. We really appreciate it!

Is "FAMAMOCA" a word? What does "FAMAMOCA" mean?

"FAMAMOCA" is an acronym formed from the words "fashion" "magazine" "model" "catalog". FA-MA-MO-CA. Of course, we have a lot more than "just" magazines, but that's how we started, and so that's where the name came from.

What does FAMAMOCA mean? Well ... it's an acronym!

How do you pronounce "FAMAMOCA"?

You can say it however you want.

We usually say "fama" to rhyme with Alabama, and then "moca" to rhyme with mocha. FA-MA-MO-CA!

 

 

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