Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas and jewelry designer Daniela Villegas will be honored at the 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show. The benefit showcases the collaborations of industry mentors and the fashion design program at Otis College and raises vital scholarship funding for students. The black-tie event will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton.
Each year, Otis College selects honorees who are leaders in the world of fashion and that share the college's collective passion and vision for art and design education. Claudia Cividino was appointed CEO of Bally Americas in February 2015, to oversee all business functions for the United States, Canada, and South America as well as serving as a member of executive committee for the brand. Raised in both Italy and the U.S., Claudia received her International MBA from Instituto de Empressa in Madrid. In partnership with Frédéric de Narp, Global CEO for Bally, Claudia has developed a corporate philanthropic program, Bally Crafting Futures, which supports organizations that address the issues facing children and youth in need, from preschool through high school to vocational training and employment. Claudia will receive the 2017 Creative Leadership Award for her dedication to her community and commitment to excellence.
Daniela Villegas is a Mexican jewelry designer based in Los Angeles and a passionate nature observer. Her intense curiosity of nature’s subtleties, combined with her artistic sensibility, is expressed in each of her delicate yet powerful creations. Daniela, who will receive the 2017 Creative Vision Award, is equally inspired by nature, conversations, books, travel, and uses memories and events to narrate tales of freedom, joy, evolution, and love of life in every ring, necklace, and bracelet. From an elegant piece of jewelry, to her multiple charitable causes, she always brings a layer of playfulness to her passions.
The annual fashion show is the culmination of work from the 2016-2017 mentorships from the Fashion Design program at Otis College. The program pairs students with professional mentors, working on the industry schedule, with several seasons being designed simultaneously. From this hands-on experience with top designers, students learn far more than drawing, sewing, and pattern making skills: they experience all facets of the industry, and they learn to meet deadlines with creativity and self-discipline. This year's mentors include renowned costume designer and two-time Academy Award winner Albert Wolsky, couture designer Chris Chang, and industry leaders such as David Meister, Zaid Affas, Claire Pettibone, Red Carter, as well as designers from Illia, Michi, and Jessica Simpson.