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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

     

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Karolyn Kiisel: 2005-06 Faculty Development Grant Report

 Sketch of Balenciaga Dress

Sketch of a Balenciaga dress by Karolyn Kiisel

Excerpt:

The Imprint of Cristobal Balenciaga

The emergence of the Pret a Porter clothing industry was as important to fashion as was the Industrial Revolution to manufacturing; an entirely different quality of product evolved. As this new era was ushered in during the 50’s and 60’s, the couturiere’s were the bricks and mortar upon which this industry was built. Often cited as the most influential designer, Cristobal Balenciaga’s artistically unique style of silhouette and shape provided a blueprint for many future designers to follow, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, current designer of the House of his name.

The exhibition of Balenciaga’s work at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs leads the viewer along his life path chronologically. Pamela Golbin, the exhibit curator, pointed out interestingly, that many of the themes he developed throughout his career, such as use of floral motifs, bold contrasts, and the exploration of volume and shape, were apparent in his earliest pieces.

--Karolyn Kiisel
Fashion Design

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