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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • 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.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm


Fashion Design faculty member Suzy Zarate

Nov 8, 2013
Spotlight Category: Faculty




Fashion Design faculty member Suzy Zarate's costume illustrations for Katy Perry, Flintstones, and Kate Moss.

My career as a costume illustrator has been a wonderful roller coaster of exciting challenges!  One project often leads to another if all goes well.  Love, patience, belief in oneself, persistence and putting aside the fear are all required!

In the last couple of years I've seen so much growth in my skill. I have much more to bring to the table. I know what the right questions are. I am humble but confident. I remain enthusiastic and attentive to my clients (most likely a fashion designer, product development person or costume designer for film, tv or music industry.)  I do a lot of research and draw different looks/styles to give my client options. Time is money and everyone wants the work done yesterday!

Currently I am working with Erin Lareau (Emmy Award costume designer) on the Katy Perry tour. I worked for her on the California Dreams Tour last summer. The theme was candy, and the clothes were inventive and fun!  Erin noted that my sketches were very accurate in terms of how they would really look on the dancers and on Katy Perry.  At Otis, we are very concerned with proportion and how the sketches depict the clothing on real models. That attention to detail and proportion has really paid off in my freelance career as an illustrator.  We are just now gearing up for more costumes for Perry's new tour. 


I am also working with a fashion design company called "Coutour Junkie" to build their brand and create the LOOK.  I will be drawing flats and illustrations for their press kits, and we are starting with cosmetics. Their first clothing line will be designed in December, and I will be in charge of that as well. This new project, like so many, came to me through word of mouth. 


Some of my most memorable past projects include the Michael Jackson tour and Disney's High School Musical (both with Erin Lareau).  Each movie I have worked on
has created new challenges.  Though I am known  for drawing beautiful sexy women ("Poison Ivy" in Batman and "Robin Storm" in X-Men 3),  I have been asked to draw super hero men for The Terminator and all the X-Men characters.  One of the most fun projects was drawing caricatures for Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas.


My most fantastic fashion project was with L'Wren Scott  and Herb RItts for Vogue magazine. On this project I depicted models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for an Absolut/Versace campaign, in Grecian evening gowns at an ice hotel in Sweden. I was asked to draw Kate Moss like the Versace medusa with frozen hair and icicles on her lashes. 

You never know what you can do until you are asked to do it!