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Designscribe: Guided Fashion Exploration

In light of COVID-19, the Designscribe: Guided Fashion Exploration program (formerly known as the Fashion Design Retreat) will be moving fully online for this upcoming 2020 session. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about the program once they become available. 

The online Designscribe: Guided Fashion Exploration program is an 11-day workshop series and creative community for designers of any level of expertise to develop their personal syzygy of fashion concepts, fine art, technical skills, and broad experimentation. The retreat, led by Amy Bond, Project Runway Cast Member Season 16 and Next in Fashion Supervising Producer, will use a non-traditional approach to fashion design combining the exploration of manual construction skills such as patternmaking and sewing with innovative draping techniques. 

If you would like to nominate someone within your community for this program, please complete a Summer Programs Nomination Form and our office will reach out to them with your nomination.

Dates and Fees

The online workshop series will take place from June 23 through July 3, 2020. Priority applications are due by February 3, 2020 to be considered for a fellowship. After the priority deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as capacity allows until the start of the program. There is no application fee.

The online retreat fee is $900 and includes a kit of prepared materials and supplies to complete four projects by the end of the program and exclusive access to live demonstrations and guest speakers, digital resources, and critiques. Participants will need access to their own workspace and sewing machine.


Applications are now open! The deadline to submit your application has been extended to Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Please click the apply now button below to begin your application. You are able to save your application and return to it at anytime before the application deadline.

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Guest Speakers

Amy Bond

Amy BondAmy Bond is a contemporary women’s wear designer inspired by Fine Art and the changing cultural landscape.  She believes in leaps of faith, and her most recent one found her on Project Runway; experimenting with the materials and skills she began at Stephens College while earning a BFA.  Gigs in Couture Bridal followed, and then the first big leap in 1999 to Los Angeles and to her own collection.  Many clients and a flagship store at One Colorado in Pasadena soon filled the landscape.  From design and manufacturing the path of education reemerged and landed Amy at the Academy of Art University to complete her MFA; and now on to creating and generating fashion exploration in all its many forms.

Adolfo Sanchez

AdolfoAdolfo Sanchez began his career in 2010. He set out to start a self named women's label that would offer designs making women feel strong and beautiful. Since starting the label, Adolfo who is originally from Los Angeles, has expanded his line to offer made to measure bridal, women’s evening wear and most recently men’s suiting. Inspired by the world around him, Adolfo has created a fashion brand that reflects both a classic and sexy modern day woman, who is not afraid to be ahead of the trends. Being a catalyst for young designers, you can currently find Adolfo on Netflix's first fashion competition series “Next in Fashion”.

Samantha Rei

Samantha ReiSamantha R. Crossland began her fashion design career with her label “Blasphemina’s Closet”, one of the first Lolita clothing lines in the US, in 2000. After closing “Blasphemina’s Closet” in September of 2013, she started anew with her new eponymous label “Samantha Rei”. “Samantha Rei” embodies the sweetness, femininity and attention to detail that has come to be expected from the designer.
Samantha Rei draws her inspiration from such illustrators as Chris Riddell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Brett Helquist and Mihara Mitsukazu as well as stories like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. Her hero Alexander McQueen along with designers Vivienne Westwood, Hirooka Naoto, John Galliano, and Anna Sui have all influenced her style.
In 1998, Samantha began attending the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota, choosing to hone her skills as an illustrator and painter so she could pursue comic book art. After graduating in 1999, she spent some time at the College of Visual Arts (CoVA) in Saint Paul to major in illustration before continuing her education at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Apparel Technologies. She’s been featured in Huffington Post, Shojo Beat, the American Gothic and Lolita Bible, Gothic Beauty, Glamour UK and Vogue UK. Samantha was named one of 2014 City Pages “Artists of the Year” and 2016 Best of the Twin Cities “Best Fashion Show” and 2016 and 2017 Reader’s Choice “Best Local Fashion Designer.” In 2015 she authored and illustrated a how-to book on subculture fashion design called Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration. Samantha was a contestant on season 16 of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the final season to appear on the station.


"The Fashion Design Residency at Otis has been one of the most positive and enriching programs I have been a part of. I am an art teaching and practicing artist and the time I spent there has truly impacted my work for the better. The instructor, Amy Bond, tailored our group's experience to our needs and desires. We were able to spend equal time in and out of the studio; learning about fashion culture on our many excursions, attending interesting talks by industry professionals, and receiving individualized instruction."

The school staff were very friendly and helpful. We were able to access the other labs during our time to incorporate other media into our projects, which was a valuable unique opportunity. Both the dining and residence halls were also great accommodations. I had an amazing time, and hope I can go back in the future."



"The Fashion Residency with Amy was one of the best programs I have taken; not only due to its versatility, but for the amount of knowledge and inspiration I have walked away with. Amy is extremely passionate in what she does, and her capacity to allow for Artistic approach has undeniably granted everyone the freedom to express their creative side. The program was packed with extracurricular activities that have ultimately cultivated a wonderful group environment. I could not say Thank you enough for this educational, hard working, yet therapeutic 10 day experience that has blessed me with friends for life!"



“Otis Fashion Design Residency was in many ways an eye-opening experience as I witnessed how mind-blowing passion for art and fashion are brought together by Amy Bond who was leading our summer residency at Otis. We also went through the most artistic and creative on campus hands-on workshops. Furthermore, we also participated in and became a part of the highly regarded LA-based museum workshops where, in an limited time, all residents created one-of-a-kind wearable pieces and presented during the show at the end of the event.

Amy’s true appreciation of art overflows and crystallizes in her fashion and it is this same passion and vision with which she teaches her residents, creating a truly unique, one-of-a-kind enriching experience for both – experienced and not so experienced designers! Her ability to involve and engage both sides of the brain blew us away. Thank you, Amy!!!"