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
Bally - Claudia Cividino
Swiss luxury brand founded in 1821 specializing in fine leather goods and apparel.
Poesia - Chris Chang (Otis Alumna)
Luxury ready-to-wear women's apparel manufactured in China.
Prairie Underground - Davora Lindner
A contemporary women's ready-to-wear line manufactured in Seattle and created with sustainable materials.
Libertine - Johnson Hartig
LA 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
Alo Yoga - Sapna Von Sick (Otis Alumni)
Luxury yoga activewear collection founded in 2007 in Los Angeles.
Bleu - Rod Beattie (Otis Alumni)
Contemporary swimsuit line founded by Rod Beattie, in Los Angeles.
Universal Studios - Marisol Gerona Bradford (Otis Alumni)
Working with mentor, and Otis College Alumna, Marisol Bradford of Universal Studios, was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with a leading industry firm.
Photography by Christian Alvarez