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  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.


    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • 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.


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.


Check out photos from the 33rd Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show here. 


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