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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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L.A.'s Premier Runway Show Celebrates Progressive Fashion Design, Opens Doors for Emerging Talent

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310–665–6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

Faux fur and sustainability highlight Otis College of Art and Design’s Benefit Fashion Show, which aims to raise $1 million in scholarships for gifted artists and designers.
Otis Scholarship Benefit Show 2012
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LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 20, 2013 - Otis College of Art and Design’s 31st Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on May 4, 2013. The event will showcase the work of upcoming designers mentored by Bob Mackie, Mary Jo Bruno, Billabong, Christopher Wicks, Claire Pettibone, Cynthia Vincent, Disney, EleVen, Halston and Humane Society, Urban Outfitters, and Western Costume with Betsy Heimann.

The benefit black-tie gala features Los Angeles' largest fashion runway show with more than 70 professional models in 175-plus fashion designs for women, men and juniors. Attracting leaders in business and entertainment, stylists, fashion and design retailers, celebrities and fashion fans, the show offers a spectacular look at the future of fashion.

Highlights this year include projects with Halston and the Humane Society re-defining luxury in faux fur, and with Billabong designing sustainable swimwear. The Gala will honor Kirk Nix of KNA Designs for his iconic work around the globe, from Singapore and New Delhi to Macau. Sally Perrin, Creative Director of Perrin Paris, will also be honored for her iconic style. Perrin Paris combines a unique and discerning feminine eye with French tradition, specializing in uniquely handcrafted purses, gloves & sunglasses with shops in Paris, New York and Beverly Hills.


Runway show will include:

Disney
Project: Design inspired novelty active sportswear that can easily cross over to lifestyle, based on a character in upcoming Disney feature.

EleVen by Venus
Project: Design colorful tennis apparel, both functional and timeless, evoking the style of Venus Williams.

Halston and Humane Society
Project: Design for sustainability and re-define luxury in faux fur.

Billabong
Project: Explore sustainable materials in designing swimwear using recycled Billabong fabrics.

Mary Jo Bruno
Project: Design a lingerie collection for a modern-day masquerade party.

Cynthia Vincent
Project: Design a collection for the city nomad, mixing time and place to create caftans, jabalas, and other classics.

Urban Outfitters
Project: Create a layered look that incorporates elements of travel with re-worked military surplus, cam, and denim, mixing old, new, East, and West.

Christopher Wicks
Project: Design a collection inspired by 1960s music and rock and roll.

Bob Mackie
Project: Design classic elegant dresses inspired by Art Deco jewels - diamond, ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald.

Western Costume with Betsy Heimann
Project: Design a modern look inspired by famous movies of the 1930s, 40s, and 70s and costumes from the Western Costume Collection.

Claire Pettibone
Project: Design sweet young bridal dresses for non-traditional brides, along with, soft nighties and pajamas.

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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.