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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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


Waste not, want more

Two years ago, Otis fashion design students Han-Na Aku Jun and Sanna Ho turned disposability, one of fashion’s fundamental truths, on its head.

A long-held industry belief was that if garments didn’t go out of style each season, designers would be out of work.

As part of Otis’ partnership with Hurley and Nike, these students used Nike’s Considered index to design a series of appealing high fashion garments designed to do the unthinkable—keep consumers from returning to the store.

Features such as reversible fabrics and ties instead of zippers give these garments an extendable life, making the outfits wearable day after day, season after season, and year after year. Detachable collars and cuffs minimize trips to the cleaners, and when a hood transforms into a dress, the garment can go from the hiking trail to the haute couture runway in a moment. And fashion isn’t the only aspect of the apparel that’s sustainable.

The resulting clothes are so reusable and trend-proof that some designers might consider the Considered index an act of self sabotage. But Otis’ Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley calls it “the most inspiring project in all the years I have spent at Otis.”

At Otis, you’ll work with designers who view art as a world with no rules; who have the fearlessness and integrity to create fashion that’s visionary, even when what’s visionary isn’t fashionable—yet.

Learn more about Fashion Design at Otis