Adopt a Family
The Fashion Department’s Adopt-A-Family program offers a unique opportunity for Otis Fashion Design students and graduates to build a professional network. The “family” includes an Otis Fashion alumn, a Senior, a Junior, and a Sophomore student who can interact with each other to exchange information and develop professional connections. Building a network can take years. Developing a support system early on offers many advantages that can be mutually beneficial for the career growth of all “family members.”
Anne Cole Building
On September 6, 2019, Otis College celebrated the naming of the fashion building with the eponymous Anne Cole Building, in honor of the renowned fashion designer's legacy and generous endowment.
B. Akerlund | Costume Photoshoot
Celebrity stylist B. Akerlund models in her own photoshoot wearing costume design garments created by the class of 2019 Senior students.
Chris Chang, founder of womenswear Poesia giving the students insight into her career as an entrepreneur/fashion designer.
Dr. Cindy J. Lin
Dr. Cindy Lin is co-founder and CEO of HOVE Social Good Intelligence, a technology company that works to connect people to purchasing with purpose and meaningful data, by examining environmental, health and consumer action data together. Before founding HOVE, Dr. Lin worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 19 years, where she engaged in international and national water protection projects. On November 14th, 2020, Dr. Lin gave a presentation to Fashion Design students at Otis College, where she addressed the impact of “Fast Fashion” on the environment and how to adopt practices that don’t harm our environmental resources.
The Fashion Mask Contest
Assemblymember, Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. offered two awards to students who produced masks for the Fashion The Mask contest. Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer represents the 59th District of South Los Angeles. Masks were donated to healthcare providers at the Keck Medical Center in response to higher demand for PPE due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Winner of the 2020 Fashion The Mask contest.
Lecture on the business of fashion and marketing to students in the fashion department.
In March of 2020, due to the campus closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ilse Metchek presented her lecture via a Zoom webinar to the Fashion Department.
Jason Wu | Direction at LACMA
Otis Fashion Design Student Work Showcased: SOURCING AT MAGIC
SOURCING AT MAGIC is the largest fashion sourcing event in North America, showcasing more than 1100 apparel, accessories, and footwear resources from over 40 countries. In August 2019, six designs produced by students from the Senior class were displayed at the Magic Trade Show in Las Vegas. The four-day event offered Otis College fashion program’s graduates important exposure to a global spectrum audience. Participating graduates: Soomin Choi, Julia Park, Jamie Lee, Shirley Park, Young Sun Park, Austin Zhang, Manqing Yang, Clara Choi, Jin Lee, Nastaran Eskandari, and Ani Litzen.
Solstiss Lace USA
Francois Damide lectured students on the history of the legendary lace manufacturer, Solstiss inc., founded in Caudry, France, in 1895.
Theory | Helmut Lang
Corporate recruiters, Jacqueline Vullo and Jillian Prejean, flew in to review Senior portfolios, and to give a presentation on the New York based contemporary sportswear label.
Vince | Direction
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, Selena Gomez, etc.
Joe's Blackbook Finalist Hannah Ho
Otis Students - Youngson Park, Shirley Park, Jonathan Levite
Disney Style | Winner