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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Fashion Design Alumna Deborah Sabet

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Deborah Sabet (’05 Fashion Design)
District Homme
www.districthomme.com 

District Homme is a fashion house that believes in the lost art of tailoring and construction while designing one-of-a kind suits for unique individuals. With design headquarters in downtown L.A. and tailors in both L.A. and N.Y., this made-to-measure suitery offers bespoke suits for the modernly masculine man. Each suit represents a creative collaboration, with distinctive fabrics, cuts, colors and details. District Homme has steadily built up an extensive, international clientele base including celebrities and high-power executives. We are currently developing District Femme, to provide custom suits and couture fashion for women.

Starting up
I’ve worked for various retailers – from large corporations to family-owned companies. I realized the best way to achieve everything I wanted was to venture off on my own, and that’s how District Homme was born. I honestly had no idea that I would end up where I am today. Otis introduced me to the possibility of designing menswear and all the choices I made upon graduating pushed me towards creating District Homme.

Biggest reward
I have the biggest smile on my face when I see that a client is happy with the end product and is excited about wearing it, whether on their wedding night or on the red carpet. Having your own business is very different than working for a national retailer, where a lot of people have input on your designs, and you often don’t get to see the final product on a customer. I really enjoy working with my clients from start to finish, while at the same time getting to know them, and designing them a one-of-a-kind suit.

Biggest challenge
As a more creative individual, I struggle to enjoy the days where I have to organize my books, deal with licenses, and pay the bills. I wish all of that stuff just magically worked out on its own. I surround myself with people who know what they are doing, and I learn from them.

Breakthrough moment
A friend I made in N.Y. introduced me to an actor who was starring on Glee, a popular TV show, and in just two short weeks, I designed him a suit that he wore to the Grammy Awards. The exposure I got from that event gave my business the attention and press it needed to get off the ground, and opened my eyes to all that I was capable of.  It was then that I realized I wasn’t meant to design for someone else.

Thank you, Otis!
All that hard work gave me the confidence I needed to be able to walk into any interview believing that no challenge would be out of my reach.

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