Shape Up: Case Studies in Fashion Making
September 23 - December 8, 2019

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 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 creation.

The exhibition’s three sections ­— “Tailored Silhouettes,” “Untrimmed Contours” and “New Dimensions” — acknowledge the long history of artisanship behind how clothing was shaped and its influential role in design practice.

Curated by Adele Zhang, Department of Design lecturer and design collection curator, the exhibition runs through Dec. 8. 

“Traditional clothes from different cultures share a similar approach for building garments by employing the full dimension of materials,” said Zhang. “From a giant African boubou formed by nine pieces of off-loom strips to an elaborate Japanese kimono with a center back seam and an opening in the front, the pattern diagram examples displayed in this section stress simplicity and flexibility, a no-cut design concept, and form of artistic practice that has stood the test of time.” 

The Design Museum, part of the College of Letters and Science, is in Cruess Hall, Room 124. It is free and open weekdays noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 4 p.m.

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A Look at “Shape Up: Case Studies in Fashion Making”
UC Davis Design Museum

Here is an overview at the unique and diverse garments and concepts found in “Shape Up: Case Studies in Fashion Making.” Curated by Adele Zhang, the exhibition runs through Dec. 8 at the UC Davis Design Museum. All photos by Justin Han, copyright UC Regents. 


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