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  • 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.

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

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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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

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

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

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
Quiksilver
DC and Roxy
Anne Cole
PacSun

 


 

 

Past Mentors


Highlights from Past Shows

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2014 Benefit Highlights

2013 Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show video thumbnail

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