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Otis College of Art and Design Receives $2.5M Bequest from Anne Cole Estate

Otis College of Art and Design is extremely pleased to announce a $2.5M bequest from the Estate of Anne Cole to endow the Anne Cole Scholarship Fund, which will provide student aid to Fashion Design majors at the College. Anne Cole, who passed in 2017 at age 90, was an iconic Californian swimwear designer, creator of the tankini, and devoted fashion mentor to students at the College.

Celebrating the Life of Anne Cole: Iconic Swimwear Designer and Otis College Fashion Mentor

Iconic Californian designer Anne Cole, creator of the tankini and devoted fashion mentor at Otis College of Art Design, passed away on January 10, 2017. Cole was an inspiration to many of the fashion students, faculty, and staff that have worked with her since the early 1980s. The mentorship program allows for students to create pieces under the guidance of industry icons, learning different styles and markets, and getting feedback directly from designers. The Anne Cole Collection had several different mentor projects from 1986 through 2015.