BFA, Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design, Otis Parsons School of Design
Founding Chair of Fashion Design, Rosemary Brantley graduated from Parsons College in NY with the esteemed title, “Designer of the Year.” She immediately began her career as a fashion designer for contemporary and better designer women’s wear, working for numerous reputable companies around the globe including: Kasper (N.Y.); Jaeger of London, The Wool Bureau, Cotton Inc., Stephen Marks (U.K.); Eclipse (CA). Today, she remains active and current as a fashion designer for Staples Inc., which she began with her partners in 1980. As a teaching chair, she engages students in the classroom staying abreast of best practices in fashion education and developing the curriculum to include sustainable design and an emphasis in costume design. Under Rosemary’s visionary leadership the Fashion Design program has over 1200 alumni (over 80% are currently working as professionals in the fashion design industry!), produces the largest Fashion Show in Los Angeles each year, annually raises over $1 million in scholarships for Otis students, and partnered with industry leaders to establish the Otis Sustainability Alliance. She has appeared annually as a guest judge for Nike-Hurley design competitions since 2007, and as a featured guest designer at National Apparel shows in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Student Designer of the Year at Parsons School of Design
Recipient of L.A. Fashion “Inspiration” Award, 2005