Arts Events for Picnic Day Include Fashion Show, Museum Exhibitions

Get Fashion Show Tickets Now for Outdoor Event, Cool Off at Museum

Woman in colorful dress with landscape backdrop to illustrate an upcoming fashion show.
Ingrid Yeung, FADS president, models her design in 2021. (Melody Mei/photo)

Quick Summary

  • Picnic Day is live this year on Saturday, April 23
  • The Arts Blog will keep featuring arts events as we know about them

Fashion show returns in person 

Vibrant fashion created by design students returns to the UC Davis campus on Picnic Day when the Fashion and Design Society, or FADS, takes its annual fashion show outdoors. “Prism,” this year’s show, will be staged at the new Cruess Hall Makerspace Courtyard on April 23 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The show will feature fashion created and executed by 11 Department of Design undergraduate students in the Signature Collections course. 

“This year we celebrate our return to a live event, our first since 2019,” said Gozde Goncu-Berk, assistant professor of design. “This year’s collections will display a wide range of concepts — from sustainability, minimalism, craftsmanship to cultural diversity — merged into aesthetic qualities of more than 30 outfits.”

Ingrid Yeung, president of FADS, said she is pleased to return to an in-person event. 

“We wanted to showcase the new Department of Design spaces and move the event outdoors to be a visible part of Picnic Day,” said Yeung.  

In addition to the fashion show, the audience will be invited inside the new Cruess Hall Makerspace to view an exhibition highlighting research, renderings and creation of each collection.

A limited number of discounted tickets at $10 are on sale through April 16. Thereafter tickets are $12 for general admission. The show typically sells out quickly.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, located on the north side of Aggie Stadium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; by phone 530-752-2471 during the same hours; or online at

The Cruess Hall exhibition will be open to all Picnic Day participants at 2 p.m. after the second show. A show video will be available later in the day on the FADS website.

The Department of Design is part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

- Michael G. French, College of Letters and Science

Cool off at the Manetti Shrem

Cool off in the galleries and get inspired. Make a colorful composition of your own or bring a sketch to life with flipbook animation.

Experience current exhibitions at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art:

  • From Moment to Movement: Picturing Protest in the Kramlich Collection
  • Mary Heilmann: Squaring Davis
  • William T. Wiley and the Slant Step: All on the Line

Please note: To accommodate as many visitors as possible, there will be two areas outside the museums for your bags, skateboards, Picnic Day swag, and other large items. Stroller parking will be available as well.

- Laura Compton, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

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