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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.


    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.


Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

2015 Benefit Branding


33rd Annual Gala Event

Each year, the Benefit black-tie gala features Los Angeles' largest fashion runway show with more than 70 professional models in 175-plus fashion designs for women, men and juniors. Approximately 800 guests—a creative crowd of leaders in fashion and entertainment—get a glimpse of the future of fashion design from those who invent it—Otis fashion students!  In 2013, more than $1 million was raised for student scholarships. Many of these promising young artists and designers (80% of whom require financial aid) would be unable to complete their education without this support.

Silent Auction

For the first time in Otis history, this year’s Silent Auction for the 33rd Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show will also be available online. Bid on luxury items and artworks by distinguished Otis alumni to benefit scholarships for Otis students right from your phone or computer. The auction will go live on Friday, May 1st 2015, but be sure to check back on May 2nd at 6:30 pm to also bid on the beautiful garments our students have created for the Fashion Show!

Johnny Was 2014

2014 Runway Show Highlights. (video opens in a pop-up window)
The inside story of year-long design projects as they lead to the annual runway show (blog)

Tickets & Sponsorship: Learn more about sponsorship opportunities, tribute journal ads and conveniently purchase your tickets online.

If you have any questions, please call (310) 665-6858 or email ckrumlauf@otis.edu

2015 Honorees


Carlos Alberini - Chairman of the Board and CEO, Lucky Brand

Fashion Leadership Award

Carlos Alberini is succesfully leading Lucky Brand, the Los Angeles-based denim and casual American lifestyle company, founded in 1990. Charged with invigorating the fashion denim wholesale and retail business, Alberini became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lucky Brand in early 2014. Prior to joining Lucky Brand, Carlos Alberini was Co-Chief Exectuive Officer at Restoration Hardware. Earlier he served as President and Chief Operting Officer of Guess?, Inc.



Gary Schoenfeld - President and CEO, PacSun

Creative Vision Award

Surf and skate wear industry veteran and "brand architect" Gary Schoenfeld has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. since 2009. PacSun, a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences, carries the mantle for California youth culture with over 600 stores nationwide and the motto Golden State of Mind.



Trina Turk - Founder/Fashion Designer, Trina Turk

Fashion Innovation Award

As an entrepreneurial fashion designer, Trina Turk embodies not just California but the American Dream. Founded in 1995 as a women's contemporary clothing line, Trina Turk has evolved into an iconic lifestyle brand, celebrating California style with eleven annual collections of chic women's ready-to-wear and accessories, swimwear, recreation/activewear, a Mr Turk menswear line, and residential decor and textiles, plus eleven boutiques across the United States.

2014-15 Fashion Design Mentors (see projects)

Bob Mackie
Trina Turk
Zaid Affas
Joe McCarty for Lane Bryant
Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay
Mary Jo Bruno
Urban Outfitters
Isobella & Chloe
DC and Roxy
Anne Cole




Past Mentors

Highlights from Past Shows

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2014 Benefit Highlights

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2013 Benefit Highlights

2012 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show Video

2012 Benefit Highlights

2011 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show Video

2011 Benefit Highlights

2010 Benefit Highlights Splash

2010 Benefit Highlights

Fashion Show Archive

Media Inquiries: Please contact John Axtell, jaxtell@otis.edu or (310) 665-6857