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Otis College Fashion Design Student Julia Choi Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Part of Julia Choi's winning Joe's Blackbook applicationJoe’s Blackbook, a recruitment and consulting firm specializing in the fashion, retail, and beauty industries, recently announced that Julia Choi (’21 BFA Fashion Design) received one of two prestigious, $10,000 scholarships that it awards juniors in fashion design programs in the U.S.

College Magazine Names Otis College’s Fashion Design Program Number 2 in the Country

Whether you love shopping, can’t stop sewing or you consider yourself a superfan of Project Runway, applying to fashion school can help you make your dreams of becoming a world-renowned fashion designer come true. But with so many phenomenal fashion schools out there, how can you even begin to choose? From assorted areas of study to impressive internship opportunities to close connections with the fashion industry, these schools offer everything a true fashionista could ever desire.

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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Fashionista: Fashion School Diaries, an Otis Student Bends the Rules a Bit For Her Final Project

Fashion school students around the world are preparing to enter an industry that's rapidly changing. There are courses to pass, design prompts to ace, runway shows to prep for and professional connections to make. In our series, "Fashion School Diaries," those students give us a firsthand look into their day-to-day lives. Here, we meet Jinny Song, an Otis College of Art and Design class of 2018 fashion student, ahead of her student show.

Otis College Celebrates 36th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show for the First Time at its West Los Angeles Campus

Otis College of Art and Design staged its Annual Benefit and Fashion Show on campus for the first time on May 5, 2018, inviting Special Guest Jason Wu to a sold-out fashion show followed by an exclusive scholarship dinner at its newly-expanded Elaine and Bram Goldsmith campus in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. Benefit Chair Shelley Reid and Otis College President Bruce Ferguson welcomed guests to the Fashion Show, noting the show falls on the eve of Otis College’s Centennial Year that begins in the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

Bringing Nature Inspired Designs to the Runway

“Everything that I dreamed of has happened,” says Sacramento native Joanna Rubalcaba (BFA Fashion Design ‘17), who was named Designer of the Year by the Fashion Design department at Otis College. “I was so honored and excited to get it,” she says, “because it meant that my teachers had noticed how hard I worked throughout the year.”

Fashion Pros Join Forces With Emerging Designers For Unforgettable Runway Show

Students in Otis College's BFA Fashion Design program are gearing up for their spring mentor projects. Each year professional designers, acting as client and mentor, give students a design challenge to research and present sketch solutions.

Putting Yourself into Your Fashion

“The Fashion program is definitely very intense. They do prepare us for the working world,” says Magdalena Lee (BFA Fashion Design ‘17). Magdalena won two of the department’s prestigious Silver Thimble awards, which are presented by professional mentors.

Gift Guide: Shop These Otis Alumni Brands

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes the sometimes stressful, mostly joyful, art of gift giving. To help you with your gift-giving list, we've found some amazing alumni-led independent brands that offer something for everyone.

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Vogue: This New Designer Is Making Unisex Statement Pieces That Have L.A. Talking


Los Angeles–native Westley Austin had almost given up on the fashion industry entirely when he landed upon a small pin at an estate sale with bold wording: I Was Born to Raise Hell. It was a message that resonated with him—and one that, after years of being creatively stifled while designing for big brands, inspired him to finally launch his own eponymous label, a 15-piece collection that is now sold alongside Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Y/Project at L.A.’s Shop Super Street.