Otis Scholarship Benefit


Otis College Raises Nearly $1 Million for Scholarships at Water-Themed Benefit



The event: Some of tomorrow’s sure-to-be fashion stars showed off their creative design talents at the Otis College of Art and Design‘s 33rd annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, held May 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The black-tie affair honored Carlos Alberini, chief executive of Lucky Brand; Gary Schoenfeld, chief executive of PacSun; and fashion designer Trina Turk, founder of her namesake brand; and student Jessica Choi was named “Designer of the Year.”

Event chair Shelley Reid, an executive vice president at MGM Television, called Otis “the premier art and design school in Los Angeles” for 97 years.

“You heard me correctly,” she said, “97 years.”

The scene: In keeping with the show’s theme, “A Celebration of Water,” ocean scenes filled video screens through dinner in the ballroom. In the cocktail area … Click here to read my entire story about the benefit in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times.


As an aside, Otis always puts on a terrific fashion show, both in the quality of the fashions and in the sheer exuberance of the production. It is also gratifying to see how much the industry supports the college.

Students not only benefit from funds donated for scholarships, but also from the mentorship provided by the fashion designers and companies.

This year’s mentors included Bob Mackie, Trina Turk, Zais Affas, Lane Bryant, Morgane Le Fay, Mary Jo Bruno, Urban Outfitters, Isabella and Chloe, Quiksilver, DC and Roxy, Anne Cole and PacSun.


Top photo: Bob Mackie escorts Jennifer Choi, right, named “designer of the year” down the runway, along with a model in one of Choi’s fashions at the Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show (photo, Kai He)

Second photo: From left, Kirk Nix of KNA Design, event chair Shelley Reid and Otis College president-elect Bruce Ferguson at the Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show (photo, David Crotty for Patrick McMullan Company)

Third photo: Models at the Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show mambo down the runway in designs, as directed by Trina Turk as “playful chic ensembles for a yacht trip to the Italian Riviera” (photo, Kai He)

Fourth photo: As a mentor, Bob Mackie gave students direction as “evening wear inspired by the treasures of the sea” for the Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show (photo, Kai He)



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Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

Published May 6, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, SocietyNewsLA.com