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  • Campus offices and facilities are closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

    Ahamnson Hall and Galef Center are open Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 9-6.

    Graduate Studios are open to those students who have approved access.

  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

O-Tube

Amanda Linder: 2005-06 Faculty Development Grant Report

 

 Sketch of Balenciaga
Sketch of Balenciaga coats by Amanda Linder

Excerpt:

In 2006 I received a faculty development grant, which enabled me to travel to Paris for the Otis fashion design department. I was one of five instructors selected to go at the invitation of Pamela Golbin, curator of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, for fashion Designer Cristobal Balenciaga's retrospective.

After a tour like that I will never be the same teacher again. I will always be a better instructor than before. I have seen some of the most complicated, cerebral construction fashion history has to offer. I now approach my students’ designs with much more avant-garde construction and stress the importance of a light hand more than ever to achieve the illusion of simplicity. The tour I was given at the Louvre affects every aspect of my teaching from the basics of construction to ways to match a print and especially how to choose the right fabric.

--Amanda Linder
Fashion Design

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