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Designers to mentor Otis College of Art & Design students
Nov '13
Every year talented Otis fashion students work with top design professionals from the fashion industry to design one-of-a-kind collections. The garments are shown annually on the runway at the Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in Beverly Hills to showcase upcoming stars while raising scholarship funds for new talent.

This year Otis will work with such leading lights as Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Rod Beattie (Bleu), Todd Oldham, Under Armour, Nike, Christina Kim (dosa), David Meister, Amé Austin (MaxStudio), Eddie Bauer, Johnny Was, and Western Costume. Original collections are based on directions inspired by a specific theme. A theme may include season, time and place, social or political movements, or specific construction techniques, fabrics, colors, and shapes, depending on the mentor’s vision.

2013-14 PROJECTS:

MATTEL / BARBIE with ROD BEATTIE OF BLEU – The successful brand launch of Bleu/Rod Beattie in 2011 solidified Beattie’s reputation as the top designer in the U.S. swimwear market. For the past twenty years his swimsuit designs have been the best-selling styles at department stores and specialty stores nationwide. Using the Malibu Barbie icon students will create swimwear for young women ages 18-24.

UNDER ARMOUR – Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour produces apparel that keeps athletes cool, dry, and light throughout the course of a game, practice, or workout. Students will design multi-functional garments for boys and girls - - from play to dinner with the family.

NIKE – A world leader in sustainable design, from footwear and apparel to equipment, Nike’s design team works directly with athletes and consumers to design authentic performance products. Designing for 2020, students will design uniforms for NYC’s Central Park Run Crew - part gym, part cross-country, part after hours club – that transform and adapt to weather conditions.

CHRISTINA KIM OF DOSA – Los Angeles based fashion designer Christina Kim is inspired by working with finite resources. Kim integrates recycled materials and the work of artisans from around the world into her eco-friendly, human-friendly dosa fashions. Garments from dosa are handmade, labor-intensive rather than resource-intensive, and combine traditional techniques with new designs. Inspired by the Huntington Library’s Flower Market, students will work with Christina to design separates.

AMÉ AUSTIN OF MAXSTUDIO – Established in 1979, MaxStudio sells through department stores with 46 of its own retail stores in the U.S and another 50 in the Far East. Students will work with Amé, an Otis Fashion Design alumna, to design tailored sportswear for men and women inspired by the architecture of Luis Barragan.

TODD OLDHAM - Artist, designer, and TV personality best known as host of Todd Time on MTV’s House of Style, Todd Oldham is president of L-7 Designs Inc. His fashion lines, interior design work, books, and television appearances have introduced millions to his exuberant style and playful aesthetic. Students will work with Todd on modern sportswear and dresses inspired by Native American culture.

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