NEWS | February 26, 2018

Red dresses on display this week at the State Capitol


The UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program (WCVMP) helps bring February — American Heart Month — to a close with a banner display at the State Capitol of student-designed dresses from the UC Davis Red Dress Collection.

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The display, located in the annex on the east side of the building near the Governor’s Office, will be up until the end of this week.

The collection is part of a unique partnership of the WCVMP and UC Davis Department of Design to encourage women of all ages to live heart-healthy lives. The six dresses selected to appear at the State Capitol represent the range of esthetic perspectives the collection encompasses.

New dresses are added to the collection each year thanks to design department lecturer and museum curator Adele Zhang, who mentors the student designers. Today, it includes more than 60 beautiful tributes to heart health, which support year-round outreach efforts of the WCVMP.

“The red dress has been tremendously effective on a national scale in educating women that heart disease is their leading health threat, and our collection furthers that message among younger women and within our own community,” said cardiologist Amparo Villablanca, director and founder of the WCVMP. “We are happy to share some of them with State Capitol visitors.”

The entire collection can be viewed together with information about heart disease prevention for women at