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.
Adidas | Agron, Inc. mentor Jennifer Tong (Otis Alumni '98)
Jennifer Tong, VP of design at Agron, was one of this year's mentors, tasking students to come up with their own interpretation of Adidas.
Bao Tranchi (Otis Alumni '99)
Bao is an Otis Alumni who designs high fashion luxory brand that redefines how we worship and display the Female Form. Bao is also known for being a celebrity stylist/designer. Her outfits have been worn by Jennifer Lopez, Nikki Minaj, and Brittney Spears.
Designs produced by: Rachel Kim, Daisy Deng, and Roman Gonzalez-Pena.
Designs produced by: Esther Wu, Verona Tu, and Jessica Medina.
Designs produced by: Jiaqi Liu, Elaine Ko, and Hayley Leibl.
Designs produced by: Yiting Jiang and Hannah Hong.
Winner of the B. Akerlund award: Hannah Hong.
B. Akerlund is a celebrity fashion designer/stylist known for her innovative and over the top style that has influenced the industry for over 20 years.
Garment designs by Ani Litzen and Nastaran Eskandari.
Oli Perez (student) also models for own fitting.
Designs produced by: Ani Litzen and Nastaran Eskandari.
Designs produced by: Ji Hyun Shin.
Design produced by: Jonathan Levine.
Design produced by: Amber Wang.
Winner of the B. Akerlund award: Soo Min.
Eduardo Castro is an Emmy Winner for contemporary/fantasy costume designs in film and television shows for ABC's Once Upon a Time and Ugly Betty.
Produced work by students: Xingting Wang and Chengbeini Ma
Final garments are displayed at the annual Scholarship Benefit Runway Show.
Produced work by students: Shirley Park & Youngsun Park [left costume] along with Jin Lee & Choi [right costume].
Winner of the Eduardo Castro award: Jamie Lee and Julia Park.
Jason Wu | Madworkshop
Jason Wu is a New York based fashion designer known for his classic American sportswear collections with a refined couture sensibility. Jason is a internationally celebrated designer known for the inaugural outfits he created for first lady Michelle Obama. This project was sponsored by Madworkshop.
Garment produced by student designer, Austin Zhang, showcased at the 2019 Scholarship Benefit runway show.
Produced work by students: Soo Min Chun.
Produced work by students: student Xingting Wang.
Winner of the Jason Wu award: Oli Perez.
Presenting the senior class with a direction for their projects.
Kim Giangiuli, offers her feedback at sketch selection.
Mia Stephens, fitting with student designer, Indica Kalivoda.
Designs by students, Shirley Park, Young Sun Park, and Ani Litzen, showcased at the 2019 Scholarship Benefit runway show.
Work by student designers: Mary Demirtchian, Erica Sun, and Melissa Marsella,
Work produced by students: Jane Jang and Kajol Bhatia.
Work produced by: Amber Wang, Meitong Liu, and Ukey Chai.
The brand has been a go-to for luxury basics for men and women since it launched in 2002. Their clothing has been worn by celebrities such as Yara Shahidi, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez.
Work produced by students: Ji Hyun Shin and Song Hee Han.
Work produced by students: Bella Xue, Tiffany Son, and Jonathan Levite.
Work produced by students: Wankai Xu and Nicole Yu.