Uncover is an archival platform with the aim to expose the book within fashion through (re)discovering treasures of the past, as well as shedding light on current perspectives. Uncover recognizes the importance of fashion ephemera such as designer publications, magazines and lookbooks in the construction of fashion. Moving beyond treating fashion as a commodity, Uncover seeks meaning in unveiling experimental and radical forms of fashion publishing. The platform’s aim is not to create an overview of the history of fashion publishing, but rather, it wants to facilitate reflection, inspiration and discussion on fashion publishing by inviting people working with and on the archive. In activating the archive, Uncover looks to create new narratives on the cultural, social, political and economic aspects of fashion.
Uncover is an initiative of Beau Bertens, with contributions by Anouk Beckers, Mary-Lou Berkulin, Laura Gardner, Emma Singleton, Colby Vexler & Justin Clemens, Femke de Vries and Hanka van der Voet.
Web development by F451.
Kindly supported by the Creative Industries Fund.
Disclaimer: Uncover recognizes that archives are by default incomplete and acknowledges that it is forever in a state of becoming. If you have suggestions for additions to Uncover, or additional information on publications already on the website, please send an email to email@example.com.
- Library of Momu Antwerp Belgium
- The Museum of Modern Art Library New York City United States
- Rarebooks, Paris
- Nitesha, Japan
They Look Of Reading,
We Look From Lacking
Pensive yet unaware, they are not here, but elsewhere; or so it seems. Disrupted but unoffended, they pause from absorption. — by Colby Vexler & Justin Clement
new fashion histories
The concept of the ‘archive’ seems to have captured once more the contemporary moment in fashion. — by Laura Gardner
From top to bottom
A header on a page is worn like a hat on the head. It is there as a part of a uniform that can indicate the wearers job, the books title and the stage of development in the narrative. — by Emma Singleton
Her hand nuzzled
into his pocket
How the novel frees the garment of/from? fashion — by Femke de Vries
Keeping your heart in
a fabric padded pouch
Why do we wear our hearts on our sleeves? Why do we pad out our love as though its bound to hurt? Why does a heartbeat reverberate through the fabric of the skin? — by Emma Singleton