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Fashion Design Mentors 09-10

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THEY WALK THE WALK: FASHION PROS SUPPORT DESIGN EDUCATION Designers in the Classroom at Otis Include Isabel Toledo, Todd Oldham, Trina Turk, Koi Suwannagate and Robert Rodriguez Announcing the Otis Fashion Design Mentors for 2009/10 School Year

Los Angeles, CA., (OCTOBER 26, 2009) – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fashion Design Department announces the professional designers who will mentor students during the 2009/10 school year. They are, for the Senior Class, Isabel and Ruben Toledo (with outdoor gear/clothing company Patagonia), Koi Suwannagate, Tadashi Shoji for Tadashi, Michael Maccari for Armani Exchange and Robert Rodriguez. The Junior class will work under the direction of Trina Turk (with support from Xtra Life
LYCRA®), Todd Oldham, Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
, swimwear designer Robin Piccone, JonMikel Rodriguez for O’Neill, and top designers at Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.

These professional designers volunteer their time to provide direction to a small team of juniors and seniors who then work through the design process — researching, sketching, draping and drafting to construction of a final garment —all under the guidance of the professional design mentor and the Otis fashion design faculty.

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About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.