Textiles and Fashion: From China to California---An International Symposium

Red Coat

Friday,  February 10, 2017 

AGR Hall, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

This symposium brings together experts from China and California to engage in a wide-ranging dialogue on these and other topics:

  • traditional Chinese fashion
  • textile and sustainability
  • Chinese inspirations for Western design
  • state-of-the-art technology in textile
Keynote Speaker: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, textile artist, curator, researcher and author

Sponsored by:

Confucius Institute at UC Davis

Dean’s Office, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies

Division of Textiles and Clothing

Department of Design and Design Museum Collection

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures


8:30-9:30 Check-in and continental breakfast

9:30-9:40 Welcome & Introductions by Professor Michelle Yeh, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, UC Davis

9:40-9:50 Welcome Remarks, Ken Burtis, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

9:50-10:50 "Inspirations from Chinese Textiles", Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, symposium keynote speaker

10:50-11:20 “The Evolution of Chinese Folk Dresses”, Professor Rongrong Cui, Jiangnan University

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 "Hmong Population in California and Inspiration in Student Design", Professor Susan Avila & Song Vue, UCD Design Alumna

12:00-12:30 "Is it possible to Read Clothing Tactile Information through Vision?" Dr. Zhebin Xue, Jiangnan University

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:00 “The Art and Beauty of Chinese Cloud Shoulder”, Professor Hui'e Liang, Jiangnan Univeristy

2:00--2:30 "Rural and Urban, Fashion in California", Professor Susan Kaiser, UC Davis

2:30--3:00 "Spider Silk in the Bay Area", Professor Gang Sun, UC Davis

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

3:15--3:45 "Collection, Connection and Collaboration", a conversation with Adele Zhang, curator, UC Davis Design Museum Collection and Professor Hui’e Liang

3:45—4:00 Closing Remarks by Professor Susan Kaiser, Dean, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies

4:00-5:30 View Exhibition and Reception