Enhancing the teaching and research activities of the Department
of Design, the UC Davis Design Museum explores how design shapes,
improves and makes economically viable the objects, technology
and environments we use, inhabit and experience every day.
The UC Davis Design Museum is a founding adopter of the Green
Museums Accord. The Accord is a set of five principles that
propel museums to become environmental leaders, and is
administered by the California Association of Museums and the
Green Museums Initiative.
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