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Fashion Design Mentors 09-10

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THEY WALK THE WALK: FASHION PROS SUPPORT DESIGN EDUCATION Designers in the Classroom at Otis Include Isabel Toledo, Todd Oldham, Trina Turk, Koi Suwannagate and Robert Rodriguez Announcing the Otis Fashion Design Mentors for 2009/10 School Year

Los Angeles, CA., (OCTOBER 26, 2009) – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fashion Design Department announces the professional designers who will mentor students during the 2009/10 school year. They are, for the Senior Class, Isabel and Ruben Toledo (with outdoor gear/clothing company Patagonia), Koi Suwannagate, Tadashi Shoji for Tadashi, Michael Maccari for Armani Exchange and Robert Rodriguez. The Junior class will work under the direction of Trina Turk (with support from Xtra Life
LYCRA®), Todd Oldham, Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
, swimwear designer Robin Piccone, JonMikel Rodriguez for O’Neill, and top designers at Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.

These professional designers volunteer their time to provide direction to a small team of juniors and seniors who then work through the design process — researching, sketching, draping and drafting to construction of a final garment —all under the guidance of the professional design mentor and the Otis fashion design faculty.

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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at