[Founding Chair of Fashion Design at Otis College, Rosemary Brantley]
Otis College of Art and Design fashion show and benefit embodied the lyrics of Elton John’s song, “Something About the Way You Look Tonight.” The night’s runway presentations were breath taking and featured original designs by Otis students.
The tribute also celebrated Rosemary Brantley’s services to the college: design of the fashion programs’ curricula and her creation of the Benefit show. It also served as Brantley’s going away ceremony.
Many alumni came out to support the fashion show and benefit. Many expressed their sentiments about Brantley’s leadership and departure.
“This is her last year and that makes me really sad,” stated Kenn Gray.
“When I was going to school twenty years ago, I had a little bit of trouble, but I was very good. I had a little trouble staying in class. So I would skip class and go do production design on films. I got in trouble.”
“She [Brantley] called my daddy who came all the way from Mississippi to have a meeting with her about me skipping school. But it all worked out for the best. I have an amazing career because of her tenacious, creative, loving, and nurturing leadership at this school. She will be sorely missed.”
Throughout the night, Brantley continued to be appreciated by other Otis alumni, who had additional kind sentiments to share about her influence on their careers.
“I believe that if you start young and have the training with the best teachers, which they have at Otis. Then they will become designers. There is a wonderful artist here, Althea, who designed a bowtie and tennis shoes for my friend, Lee Bartlett. Hopefully, you will see what I see in her work,” stated attendee Ken Sherman.
With renowned designers Bob Mackie and Todd Oldham from Metro Los Angeles as mentors for the program, it is no secret how these industry insiders benefit Otis students’ fashion designs with their insight and experience honing their design process.
Designers in attendance represented brands: Uniqlo, Prairie Underground, Joie, Naneete Leporte, Lucky Brand.
[2016 Fashion Mentor Project – Bob Mackie; Photo Credit: Tim Vechik]
Prior to the runway presentation, guests had a chance to bid on illustrious fashion collectables in a silent auction to support Otis scholarships. Like the auction, the designers didn’t speak with their mouths. They spoke with their creations, and they had much to say.