Picnic Day Fashion Show Returns Virtually

Student-Created Fashions Will Hit the Runway

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Student designer Christina Tan
Student designer Christina Tan works on her fashions for the upcoming fashion show. (Courtesy photo)

The Fashion and Design Society’s, or FADS, annual fashion show hits the virtual runway April 15 at 7 p.m. PDT. “Uncharted” will be streamed live on Twitch and feature clothing collections created and executed by 10 students in the UC Davis Department of Design’s “Signature Collections” course. 

The student-run fashion show is usually held during UC Davis’ annual campuswide celebration on Picnic Day. Due to COVID-19, “Uncharted” will be presented in advance of Picnic Day this year. A video recording of the show will be available later for viewing as part of the virtual Picnic Day celebration on April 17 at picnicday.ucdavis.edu

Picnic Day Fashion Show 2019
The 2019 Picnic Day was the last time the show was live, due to COVID-19 restrictions since then. This year's will be virtual and available for viewing. (Karin HIggins/UC Davis)

“This year, ‘DES 179 Signature Collection’ students not only displayed their creativity with their collections, but also with the videos they developed for our very first virtual fashion show,” said Gozde Goncu-Berk, assistant professor of design.

“During the 10-week online class, the students created their garments in their home studios and the results are designs that range from avant-garde sculptural looks to whimsical silhouettes. Zero-waste designs, 3D fabric manipulations, couture patterns and functionality are some of the highlights of this year’s virtual fashion show.”  — Goncu-Berk

In presenting this year’s collections, undergraduate student Olivia Simms researched a number of virtual formats. “The challenge was determining which platform would best serve the needs of all the student designers and their computers and technical equipment,” said Simms. “We agreed that Twitch would be easy to edit within and make any last-minute adjustments, since there are always last-minute changes in every fashion show.”

The FADS Fashion Show at UC Davis has been part of the annual Picnic Day celebration for over 30 years. Over time, the event has grown into one of the day’s more popular events.

The theme this year, Uncharted, ties to the quarantine, explains the FADS website. Since quarantine, we have all been learning to adjust and adapt to the new circumstances. Online learning and working from home have become part of our journey of discovery.

The Fashion and Design Society at UC Davis is a student-run organization that encourages professional development in fashion careers and involvement in the production of the annual spring fashion show. Student designers take 10 weeks to create a signature fashion collection that expresses their unique design perspectives and showcases the skills they have learned during their time in the UC Davis Department of Design.

FADS hosts workshops, guest speaker events, and networking events to prepare students for a career in fashion after college. By participating in FADS, students not only gain a close community of fellow designers, they further the growth of fashion at UC Davis and learn vital leadership and technical skills for their future careers.

The Department of Design is housed in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, and is the only comprehensive design program within the University of California system.

Read the original announcement here. Register for the event here. Visit FADS’ website here

This blog posted by Hayley Morris, UC Davis Media Relations Intern

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Top photo: UC Davis design student Christina Tan works on her collection from home before the virtual fashion show to be held later this month.

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