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By Karen Nikos-Rose on September 18, 2019

Exhibition on 'inside-out clothing' begins Sept. 23 and runs through Dec. 8

Contributed by Michael G. French, College of Letters and Science

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 and 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.”

For more information about this exhibition, visit here.

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