U(p)m

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. It has been collecting textiles and clothing since it was opened in 1885. It has 20,000 pieces, including Coptic fragments, embroideries, tapestries, silks, and textiles from every period, including some contemporary Czech pieces. The clothes date from 1750 to the present day, and are mostly locally made.

Uco

Leading Belgian textile group that produces, amongst other things, fabrics for clothing. The labels Pierre Balmain, Prélude, and Robert le Héros are some of the many that have found a profitable partnership with the group.

UFAC

(Union Franµaise des Arts du Costume). Association founded in 1948 by Franµois Boucher, a curator from the Carnavelet Museum, and textile and clothing manufacturers. UFAC’s collections belong to the Musée des Arts de la Mode and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, both in the Louvre. Through donations, Boucher and then Yvonne Delandres put together this important collection of clothes, accessories, and costume jewelry from the 1700s to the present day. UFAC’s aim is to add to this collection with new acquisitions, including documents such as drawings, advertising materials, catalogues, and photographs. They periodically organize exhibitions in museums all over the world.

Uféras

Gérard (1962). French photographer born in Paris (where he lives and works). He has worked closely with the newspaper Libération as a photo-journalist since 1984, as well as Time, L’Express, The Independent Magazine, The New York Times and Le Monde. Alongside this he has also developed fashion and advertising work that has been published in Beaux-Arts, Jardin des Modes, Das Magazin, the Italian and French Marie Claire, the women’s supplement of La Repubblica, Madame Figaro, Io Donna, and The Fashion. He has received numerous awards and held several exhibitions of his work.

UISTA

Unione Italiana Stampa Tessile e dell’Abbigliamento (Italian Textile and Clothing Press Association). From its base at the Circolo della Stampa (Press Club) in Milan, in the 1960s the association organized meetings, debates, awards, and visits to the major textile and clothing factories. The journalist Giuseppe Rasi was president, and Mila Contini, Elsa Robiola, and Mariapia Chiodini Beltrami were on its board. Its permanent members included Barbara Vitti, Silvana Bernasconi, Elisa Massai, Lucia Mari, Vera Rossi Lodomez, Rina Simonetta, Graziella Vigo, and Maria Vittoria Alfonsi. Its honorable members included Giovan Battista Giorgini, Ferruccio Lanfranchi, Franco Rivetti, Gian Sandro Bassetti, Aldo Zegna, Ferruccio Ducrey Giordano, Paolo Faina, Emanuele Nasi, and Tommaso Notarangeli. The association broke up after a few years following the premature death of its founder and soul, Giuseppe Rasi.

Ulster Museum

In Belfast, Northern Ireland. Its first collection was destroyed by a fire bomb in 1976, which was a year of intense conflict between Protestants and Catholics. After that, the museum worked hard to rebuild a collection of historic haute couture and general fashion. Each season the museum acquires a piece by an international designer, an Irish designer, and a department store so as to best represent fashion trends at every level. The museum has more than 4,000 pieces of clothing, accessories, and fabrics, dating from the end of the 17th century to the present day.

Ultramarin

Shop founded in 1996 in Kollwitplatz Berlin, an area of bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques. It showcases young Berliner designers. Specialized in women’s clothing, it also offers street-styles for men. However, the boutique’s real speciality is wedding dresses that it cuts and sews to order, offering a small sample collection of “necessary madness.”