An exhibition that turns garments inside out to show their
structure, “Shape Up: Case Studies in Fashion Making” opens
the UC Davis Design Museum’s 2019-2020 season on Sept. 23.
Showcasing ethnic clothing from Africa, Asia and Central America
as well as western garments from the UC Davis Jo Ann C.
Stabb Design Collection, this exhibition reveals the hidden
structures, patterns and shaping methods that underlie fashion
The exhibition features traditional textiles from Africa, Asia
and South America collected by Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus
of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. These items
have inspired contemporary design works by UC Davis students that
are also showcased, highlighting the continuing relevance of
traditional cultures and how they drive design thinking in new