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A New Disney Design Challenge Begins with Otis College Fashion at the Center

The Disney Design Challenge has returned for a new season, and the students in the fashion design program at Otis College of Art and Design are front and center. This year, the students have a whole new challenge: creating a holiday collection inspired by one of four Disney Princesses that will be sold at JCPenney. Check out the first episode from Disney Style below. 

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Digital Media Team Wins Third at Disney Imagineering Competition

Engineering with imagination. This simple concept has propelled Disney's many theme parks and perfectly encapsulates the synthesized relationship between design and technology. Imagineering is now a full-fledged field in its own right, one that continues to grow and has need of emerging talent. 

InStyle: These 3 Students Just Won a Disney Fashion Competition, and You Can Buy Their Designs

Reprinted from InStyle July 18, 2017 

"On July 14, the winners of Disney's Frozen fashion competition were announced and three students took home scholarship prizes.

The grand winner, Alice Xuan, designed two bohemian Venice beach-inspired looks that are available for purchase, while the second and third place winners, Minji Park and Jinny Song, each have one look available.

Move over Project Runway, because Disney is trying its hand at finding the next great American fashion designer.

Otis College Fashion Students at the Center of New Disney Design Series

Students in the fashion design program at Otis College of Art and Design are front and center in the first season of Disney Design Challenge, a new series for Disney Style. In this challenge, student designers are asked to create clothing lines inspired by Disney’s Frozen in the distinctive fashion styles of Los Angeles.

Remembering Tyrus Wong

Alumnus Tyrus Wong, celebrated animator, ceramicist, painter, and kite maker passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. Wong graduated from Otis College of Art and Design (then the Otis Art Institute) in the 1930s, and while exhibiting artworks around Los Angeles, he began working in the film industry as a production illustrator. It was his evocative concept art for Walt Disney's "Bambi" that would ultimately lead him down the path of becoming one of the most celebrated Chinese American artists of our time.

Documentary on Alumnus Tyrus Wong Screens at Newport Film Festival

If Pamela Tom hadn't watched past the end of "Bambi," she might never have found the inspiration for her documentary, which will screen this week at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The filmmaker, who lives in Los Angeles, was enjoying a family viewing of a Disney classic a decade and a half ago when a bonus feature at the end of the videotape piqued her curiosity.

Alumnus Wilfred Jackson

Born in Chicago in 1906, Wilfred Jackson ('28) one of cartoon's greatest directors, worked in a formative period for the budding new medium. Working long hours through the heydays of early animation, Jackson is widely judged to have set the standard for subsequent cartoon directors. At Disney, he was integral to the creation of feature classics like Snow White, and was also a technical innovator in terms of merging sound to pictures.



Alumnus John Hench

John Hench ('28) had a distinguished career as a Disney artist for more than a half century. His work included animation and filmmaking. Known as a lifer, he received the prestigious Disney Legend Award. He began as a sketch artist, and when Walt Disney recognized his special talents, he went on to do background painting and special effects for such classics as Fantasia, Dumbo, Cinderella and Peter Pan. The special effects he created for for the hydraulic giant squid in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea won him an Academy Award in 1954.

Fast Company Profiles Fine Arts Alumna Camille Rose Garcia

A DARK, TWISTED CINDERELLA STORY: ARTIST CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA HOLDS A BLACK MIRROR UP TO CHILDREN'S CLASSICS

 
By Hugh Hart
 
Cinderella proved her enduring appeal last month when Disney's live-action remake topped the box office. But California artist Camille Rose Garcia cultivates a distinctly darker take on the fair-haired heroine.
 

Alumnus Tyrus Wong in The Wall Street Journal

From ‘Bambi’ to Kites, His Work Flies High

Artist Tyrus Wong, 104 years old, is focus of exhibition at Museum of Chinese in America
 
By Elizabeth Yuan
 
After Tyrus Wong retired from the movie business nearly 50 years ago, he started making kites that he would fly over the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. To this day, bobbing on the end of his kite strings are colorful handmade creatures, including owls, centipedes, a pink-and-yellow caterpillar, a panda—sometimes more than a dozen at a time.