Design Museum Curator
Adele Zhang teaches fashion design in the Department of Design and is the curator for the UC Davis Design Museum Collection. With her multicultural background, industry and business experience, Adele is making links between wearable product design and its real world application, where actuality and innovation are both being challenged. She advocates a research-based but practical approach to design.
Adele received her B.S. in Industrial Design with a specialization in Apparel Design, in China, and her M.F.A. in Textile Arts & Costume Design from UC Davis. She joined the UC Davis Department of Design in 2006. She has curated and co-curated numerous shows at the UC Davis Design Museum, including “Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and Textiles” (Winter 2013), “Stepping Out: Footwear From Around The World” (Spring 2009); “Teaching with Evidence: Highlights from the UC Davis Design Collection” (Fall 2008); “Encountering Textiles: Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Crowley” (Winter 2007).
Partnering with the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program since 2010, Adele has guided fashion design students to “Red Dresses for Women’s Heart Health,” a campaign that is the first interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Design and the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program. Her textile design has been featured in the book Textiles, the Art of Mankind (Thames and Hudson, London, 2012). Her creative work has been published and cited in design journals and books, along with many of her fashion illustrations.
Courses taught: Introduction to Structural Design for Fashion; Advanced Structural Design for Fashion; Fashion Drawing: Technical and Illustration; Computer-Assisted Fashion Design (PAD System)