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    Union pour le Vêtement

    Creative alliance and enterprise for egalitarian fashion in terms of wearability and quality. The result of the meeting of designer Didier Vervaeren, screen print artist Hervé Yureogeau, and graphic designer Thierry Rondenet at the Hyères Festival for young talent in…

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    Utopia

    A brand belonging to Gemmindustria, a company founded in Milan in 1943 that operates in the production and distribution of precious stones and pearls in the jewelry business. The brand found immediate success in the market at the beginning of…

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    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.…

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    Unwerth

    (von) Ellen (1954). German photographer. Born in Frankfurt, she left home at an early age to go and live with a group of friends. She completed high school and worked first in Munich at the Roncalli Circus, and then as…

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    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…

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    Underskirt

    A skirt realised in stiff and reinforced material, usually in tulle, to wear under a skirt in order to give it form and volume. It was fashionable in the 1950s and 1960s as a modern development of the crinoline.

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    Umbrella

    The umbrella’s original purpose was to protect us from the sun (parasol); in French there is still a semantic difference between ombrelle (provider of shade) and parapluie (shield against the rain). Invented by the Egyptians to protect pharaohs and high…

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    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…

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    Uniform

    Ready-to-wear label, the brainchild of Roger Lee and Lesley Sealey, both born in 1972. Roger graduated in fashion design from Kingston University and went on to specialize in women’s clothing through a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art…

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    Unitika

    The third biggest Japanese industrial textile group after Kanebo and Toyobo. It has over 5,000 employees, and covers all sectors of the textile industry. In a joint venture with the French group DMC in 1991, it built a large polyester…