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  • Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures
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    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
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    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

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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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