|Looks from the Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show|
|A studio at the Otis Fashion campus in Downtown Los Angeles|
We wanted to, first, find out what incoming sophomores who might not know everything about the fashion program think so far and their opinions on the fashion department as a whole. Natalie Fonseca says that she, “expected to learn more insight about the fashion industry, how to work with fashion professionals, and get the training [she] need[s] to enhance [her] skills.” Otis put it’s sophomores through a set of rigorous Fashion foundation classes and once the students reach junior and senior levels they begin to work in Otis’ mentor-ship program where, as a group, they are given a set list of criteria to follow then are asked to design garments for whoever the mentor is.
The biggest concern we have noticed as new fashion students are several of our peers claiming the Otis Fashion Department lacks the freedom of creativity. Brittney Sabet tells us that, “starting as a sophomore [she does] feel like Otis Fashion does lack the opportunity to be creative.” and Serena Tang tells us that, “all of the skills will be really helpful to work as an assistant designer but not necessarily as the head designer.” This statement is something that is misinterpreted time and time again at Otis. Students in this program are thoroughly prepared for the fashion industry when they eventually graduate and are in need of assistant designer positions. It is very rare that a graduate of any fashion design program would go straight into designing his or her own line.
|Otis Sketch selection of Children's Swimwear|
|Rosemary poses for the 30th annual|
Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show
I can see this as being especially true when the new fashion design major with costume design emphasis track is put into play at Otis next year. Brantley says what’s great about this field is that, “there are concept artists in this world that understand how to create amazing characters, but they don’t know how to construct it.” The fashion design students will be taught to be able to do both. Rosemary Brantley’s favorite part about working at Otis is its students. She points to one of several picture frames on the wall behind her. This is a photo from her first graduating class at Otis. She says it’s most gratifying seeing a bunch of student who come in knowing nothing then over just a few years they acquire all these skills and are able to produce amazing works. At graduation she was so taken aback by the amount that they had achieved and were able to do that she let out tears of joy from the audience.
|Evening wear designed by Otis fashion students|
mentored by Bob Mackie
|Final garments in the Otis Scholarship Benefit Show 2015|
mentored by Trina Turk and Bob Mackie
- Brittany -