Virtual – Design and Fashion (Worldwide)
Adele Zhang received her B.S. in Industrial Design with a specialization in Apparel Design and worked in the fashion industry and textile trading business for years before she moved to California for her M.F.A. in Textile Arts & Costume Design at UC Davis.
She joined the faculty team of the Department of Design in 2006. Throughout the past decade, she has taught a wide range of fashion courses from Introduction to Structural Design for Fashion to the capstone class, Signature Collection – Senior Fashion Show. With her multicultural background and expertise in fashion design and business practice, Adele is making links between wearable product design and its real world application, where actuality and innovation are both being challenged.
Adele also serves as the curator for the UC Davis Design Collection. She advocates human centered research and a practical approach to design in both her teaching and curating activities. Partnering with the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program, Adele has guided fashion design students to create the UC Davis Red Dress Collection for Women’s Heart Health Campaign since 2010. Each year in February, new designs are unveiled at the UC Davis Women’s Heart Care Education and Awareness Forum in Sacramento during National Heart Month. By bringing this lively project into her classroom and expanding the Design Collection, Adele inspires her students to design with creative thinking, hands-on making, and human interaction.