Student Fashion at the Otis Senior Exhibit

Otis College of Art and Design – Senior Exhibit

As an alumni and “toy industry professional” I was excited to be invited to a VIP preview of the portfolios and design work of the class of 2011. The event took place last Thursday, May 12th at the Otis campus in West L.A. I divided  my time between chatting up fellow colleagues, perusing student art, and checking out what everyone was wearing.

Toy Design

One of the seniors in the toy design department shows off her fashion dolls. She’s wearing a darn cute white satin outfit, proving that you don’t need to be a fashion major to be fashionable.

This student was wearing the cutest strapless plaid dress.  But what made the outfit even cuter was the little white shirt she was wearing tucked into the dress.  I’m trying to figure out how to create a similar look at myself.

Talk about dedicated to your art – this student had dolls tattooed on her feet!

Otis College of Art and Design has a reputation for being one of L.A.’s premier art schools and it really comes through in the professionalism and body of work that the students produce for this event.  These kids are trained and ready to make their mark on the design world.  I was seriously impressed.

Student Fashion

The fashion students don’t have a large presence at this event.  Their work is shown at a big fundraising dinner and fashion show event the Saturday before this exhibit. However, a selection of student work was on display in a small gallery.

Every time I look at the photo of this lavender gown the more I like it.  Unfortunately I didn’t write down the name of the students who designed the work but it looks like it was created under the direction of Cynthia Rowley.

Although most of the toy design department focuses on computer generated artwork for their presentations,  I was excited to see that the fashion illustrations are still being done the same way as when I was a student at Otis. A painted illustration shows how the garment should look on the figure, while a  “flat” or technical drawing explains how the garment will be constructed. Fabric swatches decorate the far right of the board. No computer graphics here!  It’s all hand drawn.

Here’s a close up of the illustration. Bob Mackie works with the senior fashion design students almost every year.  I’m sure this one was inspired by his theatrical creations.

And here it is in real life -

Pretty spectacular don’t you think? Do you like the student fashion as much as I do?

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18 Responses to Student Fashion at the Otis Senior Exhibit

  1. Alexis of NorthOnHarper May 18, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Looks like you had a great time. I am so impressed with the skills that the students showcased. And what an impressive list of mentors!!!!! Sounds like an amazing education!
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    • Heather Fonseca May 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      It was fun! And they really do get a good education, plus job skills. A friend of mine told me that each Junior in the department has to do an internship at a major toy company over the Summer.

  2. Sacramento May 18, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I think you are a true artist, my dear Heather.
    Besos from Berlin.

    • Heather Fonseca May 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      Thank you Sacramento! I’m so glad you like my work. Besos from LA!

  3. Aquí May 18, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    wow, some really talented artists! Love the girls tattoos :)

    • Heather Fonseca May 19, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Cute aren’t they!

  4. Jamillah May 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh Heather!!! Your work is so lovely!!! I went to peek at your designs and I’m really impressed.

    Looks like a fun event and thank you for sharing your work with us.

  5. anne m bray
    May 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    The girl in the plaid dress (Jennifer Chang)
    MATCHED HER DOLL! (didn’t realize that until I looked at my pix
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    • Heather Fonseca May 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

      I really wish I could remember who was who, but it was kind of a blur of faces. She was so sweet.

  6. Lee Oliveira May 19, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Heather.. Your work is fabulous.
    Looks like you had the best night ever!
    lee x
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    • Heather Fonseca May 19, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      Aw thanks Lee! I did have fun.

  7. Mary Jo
    May 19, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    How fun! I’ve never been able to make these but maybe we can go together – I get invites to FIDM etc. Want to go?

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca May 19, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      Absolutely! I love these things. It’s fun meeting people but mostly I love looking at student work.

  8. Boheme Noir May 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Fab illustrations.

    I LOOOOVE the plaid dress!

  9. Paula May 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Heather–I am really quite blown away! I had no idea you were so talented! Love the illustrations–and I had no idea about the doll thing–had no idea there was a market. Guess I am out of the loop. Kudos to you, tho.

    Love seeing the new students work. Thanks for sharing~

    Oh, and thanks too for the tip on the share buttons–again, out of the loop!
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    • Heather Fonseca May 21, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      You’re welcome for the tip and I’m glad you liked my portfolio! Thanks for checking it out.

  10. andri world news October 12, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    I love Otis senior exhibit … there are fashions stars gather in a place

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