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
Jo Ann C. Stabb, professor emeritus design 1968-2002 and founder
of the UC Davis Design Collection which is named after her,
recently returned to campus for “Shape Up: Case Studies in
Fashion Making” at the Design Museum.
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.
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