Mentors offer assessment of Junior and Senior student work via critique of mentored projects during design development, sketch selection, and fittings.
In the course of the academic year, each student works with two different mentors who provide design direction. Junior direction is focused on casual and active sportswear in the moderately-priced market as well as always offering a sustainable design project, while seniors are given design direction for tailored garments, eveningwear, couture and costumes for the higher priced "designer" market.
After receiving design direction from mentors, students engage in a vigorous process to define and clarify the conceptual basis of the design problem with weekly guidance from their faculty.
This pedagogical approach embodies the departments teaching philosophy which advocates student learning through interaction with industry professionals. Additionally, it promotes a high degree of professionalism as well as achieving other stated department goals.
Senior Mentors 2017 - 2018
Claudia Cividino for Bally, Swiss luxury brand founded in 1821 specializing in fine leather goods and apparel.
Chris Chang (Otis Alumna) for Poesia, luxury ready-to-wear women's apparel manufactured in China.
Davora Lindner for Prairie Underground, a contemporary women's ready-to-wear line manufactured in Seattle and created with sustainable materials.
Johnson Hartig for Libertine, Los Angeles based ready-to-wear line founded in 2001 by Johnson Hartig.
Jose Fernandez from Ironhead Studios and Louise Mingenbach, award winning Costume Designer
Junior Mentors 2017 - 2018
Sapna Von Sick (Otis Alumni) for Alo Yoga, luxury yoga activewear collection founded in 2007 in Los Angeles.
Rod Beattie (Otis Alumni) for Bleu, contemporary swimsuit line founded by Rod Beattie, in Los Angeles.
Marisol Gerona Bradford (Otis Alumni) for Universal Studios, collaborating with Otis College on Jurassic Park Project.
Photography by Christian Alvarez