Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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10 Designers, One Runway: Preview the Looks for the 2017 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

Leading Fashion Designers Unite With Rising Talent at Otis College Of Art And Design

Each year, fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design are paired with industry mentors that guide them through the design process of one-of-a-kind garments. This year's mentors include two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Albert Wolsky, couture designer Chris Chang (pictured above), Zaid Affas, David Meister, Claire Pettibone, Red Carter, as well as designers from Illia, Michi, Jessica Simpson, and Universal. The 2016-2017 collaborations will debut at the 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, honoring Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas and jewelry designer Daniela Villegas. The black-tie event will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Under an overall theme of "Metamorphosis," each mentor challenged the students to create pieces based on the designer's individual aesthetic and expertise. Below are the ten projects that will hit the runway this May, join us for the live show and get your tickets now. 

 

Albert Wolsky 

Albert Wolsky

Renowned costume designer Albert Wolsky has spent four decades designing for stage and screen. A two-time Academy Award-winner, his iconic work can be seen in Grease, Manhattan, All That Jazz, Across the Universe, and Revolutionary Road. Wolsky has asked students to create a collection of ethereal evening gowns inspired by the enchanted world of fairies.

 

Chris Chang for Poesia

Chris Chang

Shanghai-based designer Chris Chang ('87) creates clothing for fashion forward women. Known for vibrant colors and recreating the traditional, Chang has directed students to juxtapose avant-garde silhouettes and embroideries with the humble Indigo textiles from Nantong, China.

 

Zaid Affas

Zaid Affas

Los Angeles-based designer Zaid Affas is redefining modern luxury for men and women. For Affas’ project, students will address the needs of a creative professional with a collection of a luxurious travel-and-business separates.

 

David Meister

David Meister

Best known for his evening wear and couture red carpet dresses, David Meister has asked students to create modern feather-inspired cocktail dresses exploring proportion and transparency.

 

John Murrough for Illia

John Murrough for Illia

From their downtown L.A. studio, Illia designs for the modern Angeleno. Inspired by the textures, patterns, and craft of Tibet, students will design a sportswear collection for a nomadic lifestyle under the direction of mentor John Murrough.

 

Cory Casella for Jessica Simpson

Cory Casella for Jessica Simpson

The Jessica Simpson lifestyle brand is inspired by the music and style icon and includes clothing, accessories, products and more. Under Casella, students will develop a free- spirited swimwear collection for women and little girls inspired by Coachella.

 

Michelle Watson for Michi

Michelle Watson for Michi

Designer Michelle Watson has been creating edgy activewear since 2010. Watson has asked students to explore the distinctive colors and patterns of butterflies to create a collection of activewear and cover-ups based on the theme of “Metamorphosis.”

 

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone

Enchanted by vintage aesthetics, Claire Pettibone is known for her ultra-feminine lingerie, bridal, and jewelry collections. For Pettibone ('89) students will create a romantic lingerie collection, using vintage laces and sustainable hemp fabrics.

 

Red Carter

Red Carter

Southern California native Red Carter (’92) puts a modern spin on iconic swim fashion. Carter will have students create a swimwear collection inspired by the cut – paper collages of Henri Matisse.

 

Marisol Gerona-Bradford for Universal

Marisol Gerona-Bradford for Universal Monsters

During the 1920s through the 1950s, Universal released a series of horror and science-fiction films that would forever change pop culture and inspire generations to come. Gerona-Bradford ('93) asked students to design a sportswear collection for the whole family, reinterpreting the iconic looks of six of Universal’s classic monsters.  

 

Now in its 35th year, the Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show was founded by Elaine Goldsmith, Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees at Otis College. The annual runway show and silent auction raise much-needed scholarship funding for Otis College students. The 2017 benefit event co-chairs are Shelley Reid and Cathy Louchheim. Tickets and additional information are available at www.otis.edu/sbs or by calling (310) 665-6858.

 

Photography: Christian Alvarez 

 

 

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